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German V2 rocket found in Harwich Harbour

V2 rocket in Harwich Harbour
Image caption Royal Navy divers had a first look at the rocket's tail on Thursday morning

A German V2 rocket from World War II has been found nose down in the mud flats at Harwich Harbour.

Royal Navy divers said it was buried vertically with about 1.5m (5ft) of its tail exposed at low tide.

Bomb disposal teams will look at the rocket at low tide on Friday as they try to work out how much more is buried and if it is still dangerous.

The discovery of the rocket was reported to Essex Police by a local sailing club.

A Royal Navy diving team arrived at the site on Wednesday evening but could not get near it until Thursday morning.

At low tide, the team said, it was about 200m (656ft) from the shore near Harwich Yacht Club.

'Demanding job'

Lt Dan Herridge, who was there with the Royal Navy diving team, said: "We coupled our images together with some documents we have and got a second opinion from our technical information centre and were able to confirm it as a section of a V2 rocket."

Image caption The V2 rocket was 46 ft (14m) long

The V2, which was used by the Germans from 1944, was 46ft (14m) long, but until it can be excavated, the bomb disposal teams have no idea how much is left or whether the explosive tip is still attached.

Lt Herridge said: "We've got as deep as we can and have called for more resources to excavate further and ascertain whether there are any aspects of the weapon which pose a danger to public safety.

"It's going to be a logistically demanding job and we've got about an hour either side of low-tide, but there are various options, methods and equipment that we can use to extend that, but that's something we're going to look into."

The Army's Royal Engineers are due to arrive with excavating equipment.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "Appropriate action will be taken when bomb disposal experts have finished their excavation."

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