Unexploded bomb in Lee

St Margaret’s Lee CE Primary School has been closed and dozens of homes and shops evacuated after a suspected unexploded World War Two bomb was discovered on a building site in Lee.

Police were called to the site on Boone Street which runs off Lee High Road after builders in a JCB digger uncovered the suspected WW2 ordnance.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area. 12d69392-1fdf-4849-879b-e50d69660557

A 200-metre cordon is in place and residents have not been told when they will be able to return home. Police said that the army have been called in to deal with the bomb.

Harriet Howell, 26, a management consultant who lives on Boone Street and was working from home said police banged on her door at 10.30 this morning and told her to evacuate.

“The police told me to get out because they had found a bomb. I just grabbed my handbag and went to my sister’s place in Hither Green,” she said, “It was pretty scary and it’s never a good thing when a policeman is telling you there’s a bomb. There were about 10 officers and they were very professional about the whole thing. I’ve got no idea when I’m going to be able to go back home.”61c980b8-c844-4145-8d70-00be6f7af79d

Chief Superintendent Kate Haplin, Lewisham’s borough commander, said: “The bomb has been undisturbed for many years, so having been disturbed by building works today, we were concerned of the potential risk this could cause. For the safety of the public a large cordon was put in place and some homes, schools and businesses evacuated. That cordon remains in place, and at this stage I am unable to say when it is likely to be lifted.”

She added: “I recognised the impact and disruption this has caused the community and I am very grateful for the cooperation we have received so far.87154f54-a46d-415e-8d70-50a098e4a200

“The safety of the public is paramount and we are now working with the army, who are using their skill and experience to safely bring this incident to its conclusion.”

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