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Bath bomb will be "safely destroyed" tonight

The bomb will be transported to a safe place before it is defused Credit: ITV News

A huge police cordon remains in place in Bath after an unexploded second world war bomb was discovered in the playground of a former school.

A 250-tonne sand barrier is currently being built around the bomb by army experts who plan to remove the device's fuse.

The bomb, which is almost a metre and a half long, will then be transported under a police escort to a safe place for a controlled explosion to be carried out.

It is expected the bomb will be removed late on Friday by soldiers from 721 EOD squadron of the Royal Logistics Corps.

Simon Cooke, who was a bomb disposal officer with the British Army's Royal Engineers for 20 years, said that if the 500lb bomb were to explode it would probably leave a 20m crater and produce "lethal shockwaves".

But in an attempt to reassure locals, Chief Superintendent Ian Smith, said experts hope to move the bomb from its current site tonight.

He said: "Currently the military are still on site. They are building a device around the site with 250 tonnes of sand.

"At some stage this evening they will move the device to somewhere safe so that it can be safely destroyed."

Bomb squad called to Dorchester recycling centre

Bomb disposal experts have been called to the Dorchester Household Recycling Centre after the discovery of a suspected unexploded device.

Police were called to the depot just after 2pm and it has been closed while the device is investigated. Other businesses nearby are continuing to operate but St George's Road, which leads to the centre, has been closed until further notice.