500kg German penetration bomb found in the Mersey is stalling traffic

A World War II bomb is holding up ferry traffic in the River Mersey.

The 500kg device was discovered last night by the Royal Navy at Twelve Quays Dock, Birkenhead.

The Mersey Viking and Dublin Viking, ferries sailing from Dublin and Belfast, were ordered to wait further up the Mersey when they arrived early this morning.

The Royal Navy is now waiting for low water before taking the bomb out in to the Irish Sea and detonating it.

Liverpool Coastguard is keeping all traffic in the area abreast of the situation.