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London’s gay village evacuated for second time in two days after unexploded World War II bomb found

Josh Milton February 4, 2020
A Royal Engineer Bomb Disposal van arrives outside the Soho Theatre on Dean Street in the Soho area of central London on February 3, 2020. (ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images)

A Royal Engineer Bomb Disposal van arrives outside the Soho Theatre on Dean Street in the Soho area of central London on February 3, 2020. (ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images)

Another part of a World War II bomb has been discovered in the gay village of London, England, prompting road closures and evacuations for the second day in a row.

Metropolitan Police confirmed today on Twitter that a further part of the ordnance, uncovered yesterday afternoon, was discovered today.

“Another part of yesterday’s WW2 ordnance has been discovered,” law enforcement stated. “Further road closures are going to be implemented shortly.

“We apologise for the inconvenience and understand the disruption caused however these closures will likely be in place until the end of this incident.”

What happened?

Footage of officers unfurling tape, evacuating properties and closing local businesses went viral on Twitter on Monday.

Locals huddled along the tape demanding answers as officers came to the village at 1:42pm.

Shortly after amid confused shoppers, Oxford Street, Charing Cross Road, Shaftesbury Avenue, Lexington Street and Poland Street were cordoned off while police assessed the situation.

After the device was discovered, the Ministry of Defence sent a British Army to remove the 500kg bomb. Barricades were lifted at 8:40pm.

Second part of World War II bomb found in London gay village. 

However, Dean Street, heaving with upmarket juice bars, private members clubs and a sexual health clinic, was emptied out by uniformed police again today.

Street closures paralysed the neighbourhood once again. Richmond News, Meard Street and St Anne’s Court were later cordoned off this afternoon, law enforcement said.

Frustrated commuters took videos of cordoned-off streets, with one witness describing “a lot of baffled and vaguely irritable businessmen gathering outside their offices”, while “others seemed very happy to go home early”, ITV reported.

Metropolitan Police will alert the Ministry of Defence whether a second bomb disposal team will need to be deployed.

PinkNews contacted Metropolitan Police for comment.

More: London, Metropolitan Police, Soho, World War II

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