Mass evacuation underway in Exeter after WW2 device found

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(Last Updated On: February 27, 2021)

A mass evacuation is underway in Exeter this morning, Saturday 27 February after an unexploded WW2 device was found yesterday.

Around 2,600 properties are being evacuated around the Glenthorne Road area. A 400 metre cordon has been put in place.

The device was found on a building site on private land to the west of the University of Exeter campus and originally, a 100 metre cordon was put in place. The area was extended this morning, with residents asked to leave their homes by 9am.

The examination and detonation of the device has been passed to the Army, with hopes this will be completed today.

Devon County Council, as the highways authority, has implemented road closures between Cowley Bridge and Exe Bridges, and diversions, and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Residents should be reassured that military, police and partners are working to maintain public safety.

Coastguard Rescue Teams from across the area are assisting police with the evacuation.

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