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03 Feb 2020 | 11:08 AM UTC

UK: Suspected WWII ordnance prompts police to erect cordons in Soho (London) February 3

Suspected WWII ordnance found in Soho (London) on February 3, prompting police to erect cordons around building site and close roads; avoid the affected area

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Event

Suspected World War II (WWII) ordnance was found at a building site near Dean Street in London's Soho area on Monday afternoon (local time), February 3. Police have erected cordons between Oxford Street, Charing Cross Road, Shaftesbury Avenue, Lexington Street, and Poland Street, and are closing all roads between these routes and instructing individuals in the affected area to evacuate while the object is assessed.

A heightened security presence and lingering traffic disruptions are to be expected in the affected area in Soho over the coming hours.  

Advice

Individuals in London are advised to monitor developments, avoid the affected area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.