Police evacuate central London buildings after ‘unexploded WWII bomb’ is found in Soho building site – forcing shut down of huge area from Oxford Street to Shaftsbury Avenue
- Met Police are at the scene in Soho, central London, with a cordon in place
- People have been evacuated from pubs and restaurants and roads are closed
- Scotland Yard suspects that the device in an unexploded bomb from WWII
Police have shut down streets in Soho, central London, after finding an unexploded ‘World War Two bomb’.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Police were called at approximately 13:42hrs on Monday, 3 February to reports of a suspected WWII ordnance discovered at a building site near Dean Street, Soho.
‘Cordons are in place and the item will be assessed. The cordons are in place between Oxford Street, Charing Cross Rd, Shaftesbury Avenue, Lexington Street and Poland Street.
‘All roads in between those mentioned are closing and evacuations will be taking place shortly.’
Police are pictured closing off streets in Soho where pubs and restaurants are being evacuated due to the discovery of a suspected WWII bomb that had not exploded
Officers remain at the scene (pictured) and Scotland Yard says further evacuations will now take place
Police are pictured at the scene in Soho, central London, this afternoon where they suspect a World War II bomb has been found unexploded
Twitter user Anna Johnston filmed the scene from her office, writing above the video: ‘Average day at work. Unexploded bomb down my street #oldcomptonstreet #soho #evacuatethebuilding (except, we’re not. It’s been there for years, I’m sure we’ll be fine. Right?!).’
Another witness wrote on Twitter: ‘@MetPoliceUK are evacuating part of Dean Street in #Soho. They’ve told me there is a suspected unexploded bomb near the Soho Hotel.’
Footage from the scene showed police checking nearby buildings to make sure no one was still inside.
Pancho Lewis, Councillor for Mayfair, took to social media to urge anyone nearby to follow police advice.
Pictured: Police at the scene in Soho as officers cordon off the area in central London amid a bomb scare
He wrote: ‘I haven’t had a briefing from an official source yet but it looks like @metpoliceuk are evacuating parts of Soho (includ. Dean St and Cambridge Circus). Everyone look after themselves and please follow police advice until further notice.’
Businesses told customers that they are being forced to shut up shop today while the operation unfolds.
People took to Twitter to report that they were being evacuated from Soho in central London
Dean Street’s Little Black Book tweeted: ‘Anyone trying to share news with LBB right now, the office has been evacuated along with half of Soho. Hoping to be back up and running in 1-2 hours.’
Clonezone Soho wrote: ‘We are closed for now guys, we re open once police tells us it’s safe.’
Soho was battered with bombs during the Blitz of 1940-41 as the Nazis unleashed devastation on the capital.
The district’s iconic Cafe de Paris was hit when West Indian-born band leader Ken Johnson was performing on March 8. The singer’s head was blown from his shoulders and dancers’ legs were sheered off in the horrific attack. At least 34 staff, guests and band members died that night.
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