World War II bomb unearthed at Prescott Lock

Work has resumed at Prescott Lock after an undetonated World War II bomb was discovered at the site last week

On Monday 2 June a World War II bomb was unearthed at the Prescott Lock Olympic site by Three Mills Island, Bow, East London.

As a result, the River Lee Navigation from Bow Locks to Old Ford Locks was closed for five days and boaters were evacuated from nearby residential moorings while an operation to neutralise the fuse, and carry out a controlled explosion was undertaken by the Army.

The final all-clear was given at 6.46pm on Friday 6 June.

Commander O’Brien said,”This is the largest World War II bomb to be discovered in the past three decades. It measures approximately the size and length of a man, and weighs around 1000kg”.

Richard Rutter, regeneration manager of British Waterways, said,

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“British Waterways would like to praise the Met Police and the Armed Forces for their outstanding work to defuse and make safe the World War II bomb uncovered at the Prescott Lock construction site on Monday. We are now working with our contractors, Volker Stevin, to get the project back up and running again.”