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Wartime device found in Portsmouth Harbour - 22/2/17

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts are this morning dealing with an unexploded Second World War device found in the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour.

The German SC250 bomb was found in the early hours of Wed 22 Feb 17 in the excavator head of a barge dredging the harbour – part of a raft of infrastructure upgrades taking place in readiness for the arrival of the Royal Navy’s new 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier.

Divers from the Royal Navy’s Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2 are on the scene. They are working alongside the Ministry of Defence Police, Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire Constabulary, the Queen’s Harbour Master and other organisations to ensure public safety and minimise disruption.

Portsmouth Harbour was temporarily closed to vessels until about 7.30am when it was deemed safe to reopen.

Posted 22/02/2017 10:17

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