Unexploded WW2 Bomb Found Near Boat Race Route

Ordnance safely removed with no impact on the event

Fulham shoreline as seen from Putney - twitter.com/AndrewPics


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The police have confirmed that World War II ordnance discovered yesterday (1 April) on the Chelsea shoreline by Putney Bridge was assessed and has been removed by specialist officers .

Chief Inspector Tracy Stephenson said, "I'm very happy to update that the ordnance has now been safely removed and the race will be going ahead as planned. We have been working very closely with the organisers of the boat race to plan this event which is eagerly awaited by spectators and supporters alike."

The discovery of the bomb dating from the Blitz had raised a question mark over the University Boat Race.

The shell was found near Putney Bridge but was submerged so investigation of the device had to wait until after 1am on morning of the race when the tide was low enough to view it. The Men’s and Women’s Boat Races between Oxford and Cambridge are due to take place later in the afternoon.

April 2, 2017

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