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Westfield Evacuated After Unexploded World War Two Bomb Found In Ariel Way Building Site

08/07/2015 16:55 BST | Updated 08/07/2015 17:59 BST

Westfield Shopping Centre was evacuated following the discovery of a World War Two unexploded bomb.

Police, firefighters and ambulances were called to Shepherds Bush at about 10.40am and roads surrounding the shopping centre were cordoned off.

Offices and residential buildings were also evacuated following the discovery of the unexploded bomb at a building site in Ariel Way, White City.

It is believed that the bomb was dropped during the Second World War.

Train services were suspended between Hammersmith and Edgware Road due to the "security alert".

Passengers were unable to gain access to Shepherds Bush Market Station and roads near the shopping centre were "chaotic" as a 400-metre exclusion zone was set up around the centre's perimeter.

It is believed that the unexploded bomb was found at the Westfield London Phase Two site, which is being developed next to the current shopping centre.

The Westfield addition is a £1billion project expected to generate 1,400 new homes, as well as retail space.

Specialist officers removed the suspected bomb at 12.40pm for examination and roads and the shopping centre opened shortly after.

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