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Portsmouth Harbour bomb - police operation stood down

The unexploded ordnance found in Portsmouth Harbour this morning is now being moved to a safe place by The Royal Navy Ordnance Disposal and our police operation has been stood down.

Public transport links will be returning to normal. However be mindful that marine travel and ferries may still be affected so check before you begin your journey.

Portsmouth Harbour and Gunwharf Quays are now open to the public.


WW2 unexploded bomb to be detonated

This WW2 bomb was discovered at Portsmouth Harbour Credit: Royal Navy

The bomb squad will detonate an "unexploded ordnance" in Portsmouth Harbour, found during preparations for the arrival of a new Royal Navy aircraft carrier.

Hampshire Constabulary said the device was found during a dredging operation. It comes five days after a wartime device was destroyed by bomb disposal experts at the harbour.

The bomb was discovered at Portsmouth Harbour Credit: Mark Smith

Divers from the Royal Navy’s Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2 are on the scene.

They are working alongside the Ministry of Defence Police, Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire Constabulary, the Queen’s Harbour Master and other organisations to ensure public safety and minimise disruption.

The entrance to Portsmouth Harbour is currently closed until the Royal Navy bomb disposal team can safely dispose of the ordnance.

Passengers being allowed back onto the Gosport ferry Credit: Phil Theobald

Statement from Hampshire Police on unexploded bomb

"Unexploded ordnance has been located during an ongoing dredging operation to prepare for new Royal Navy aircraft carriers in Portsmouth Harbour.

"Ministry of Defence Police, the Royal Navy, Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire Constabulary and other organisations have activated a pre-arranged multi-agency plan.

"Our priority is to ensure public safety and minimise community disruption while the ordnance is detonated by the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

"Further details will be communicated to any residents or visitors to the city affected by this operation."

– Hampshire Police

Police say priority is to keep people safe from unexploded WW2 bomb


Mum snatches toddler from electric car fire

The charred remains of the toy car

A toddler has been pulled from an electric toy car - minutes before it went up in flames.

The two-year-old was playing in the family garden in Monks Risborough in Buckinghamshire when the toy began to give off smoke. His quick-thinking mother managed to pull him clear. The fire spread to a five metre section of hedges. Firefighters from Thame were called - they used a high pressure hose jet to put out the flames. No-one was injured.

Trading Standards officers are investigating

“The toddler was driving the ride on electric car when his mother noticed smoke coming from the front of it. She quickly ran up the garden and pulled her 2 year old son from the car just before it was engulfed in flames. Her prompt action definitely saved him from serious injury. This incident has been reported to Buckinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards service."

– Incident Commander Watch Manger Andy Ford, Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service
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Police remove wheelie bins from Halliwell's former home

Police have removed dozens of sealed wheelie bins from the former home of double murderer Christopher Halliwell.

A major search operation is underway at the property in Swindon following "new intelligence". Part of the garden and surrounding area have been dug up as officers look for evidence which may link Halliwell to more killings.

Forensic teams are expected to carry out tests on the contents of the bins over the next few days.

Teenage girl sexually assaulted

Police are investigating a reported sexual assault of a girl in Larkfield.

It is reported that between 8.25am and 8.35am on Monday, a teenage girl was approached a by a man in New Hythe Lane, on a footpath leading to Leybourne Lakes.

He was repairing a bicycle and spoke to the victim as she walked in his direction. He is then reported to have indecently touched the girl before riding away on the bike.

He is described as being:

  • white
  • between 5ft 6ins and 5ft 8ins tall
  • aged between 18 and 20
  • wearing a black jumper with grey jogging bottoms and black trainers with straps, a black, woolly hat and black gloves.
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