Passengers flying into and out from London City Airport are facing travel chaos after workers found an unexploded World War Two bomb nearby.
The ordnance was found in the River Thames at the George V Dock during pre-planned works at the airport.
Bomb disposal teams are now working to limit the risk to the public, as a 214-metre exclusion zone was set up and surrounding roads closed.
A Met Police spokesman said tonight: “Police are responding to a World War Two ordnance in the River Thames at George V Dock, E16.
“The ordnance was discovered as part of pre-planned work at London City Airport and reported to the police at 05:06hrs on Sunday, 11 February.
“Specialist officers and the Royal Navy have attended and confirmed the nature of the device.
“The operation to remove the ordnance is ongoing in partnership with our colleagues in the Royal Navy.
“At 22:00hrs an operational decision was made with the Royal Navy to implement a 214-metre exclusion zone to ensure that the ordnance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public.