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London Eye evacuated over reports of unexploded World War II bomb in River Thames

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 25/06/2017

London Eye © Press Association London Eye The London Eye was evacuated and the surrounding pier cordoned off following reports of an unexploded World War Two bomb on the shore of the River Thames.

Cordons were put in place in the area and people on the ride were helped to disembark quickly after police were alerted to the object on Sunday morning.

Witnesses said police descended on the pier, while a helicopter circled overhead.

A woman named Kade, who was on the London Eye when people were told it would be evacuated, tweeted: "The whole area around the London Eye was evacuated by police while we were at the top and they had to speed it up to get everyone off."

A woman named Becky, who was also on the ride, wrote: "So we barely made it on the London Eye before everyone was evacuated. News anyone?"

A Twitter user named Tom said: "London Eye evacuated... lots of police and helicopter... hope everything is OK."

Robbie Watson, who was visiting another attraction nearby, tweeted: "Come to visit the London Dungeons and now due to a police incident at the London Eye we can't leave the building."

Marvin Martinez said: "Arrived at the London Eye to see it evacuated."

Ryan Hamilton said: "Just gone for a nice walk and someone's found a WW2 bomb in the Thames."

A message posted on the Twitter account for the Thames Clippers service read: "London Eye Pier is currently closed, so vessels cannot service this stop.

"We're sorry for any inconvenience. Updates to follow."

A Met Police spokeswoman told the Standard: “Police were called at 10.30am to reports of suspected World War Two ordnance seen on the foreshore of the River Thames.

“Cordons are in place while the object is assessed.”

Shortly before midday, the spokeswoman added that the cordons were being lifted because the tide was coming in and that the object would be assessed again later by police.

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