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WWII flying bomb found in London

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  • Unexploded German WWII V1 bomb unearthed on London construction site
  • Police closed streets near London's Canary Wharf financial district
  • Bomb disposal experts were called in to make the V1 missile safe
  • Hundreds of unexploded bombs from the war are buried across the country
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LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Police closed streets near London's Canary Wharf financial district on Saturday after an unexploded German flying bomb from World War II was found on a construction site.

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WWII bombs are unearthed across Europe, often during building excavations, such as this one in France.

Bomb disposal experts were called in to make the V1 missile safe after it was unearthed close to the east London complex that houses 80,000 office workers during the working week, police said. At weekends the area is busy with shoppers and visitors.

Police closed several roads around the site in Millharbour, a road in the former docklands.

"Ambulance, fire and police are there and the building site has been evacuated," a London police spokesman said. The area was cordoned off, he said. Thousands of V1s, nicknamed "Doodlebugs", were fired at the capital during the war, with the docks a prime target.

Hundreds of unexploded bombs from the war are buried across the country, according to government figures. They are unearthed from time to time, often during building excavations.

Canary Wharf's tenants include Bank of America, Barclays, Citigroup, HSBC, the Independent newspaper group and Reuters. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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