Hampshire & Isle of Wight

WW2 bomb prompts evacuation in part of Portsmouth

dredger in Portsmouth Harbour
Image caption The WW2 bomb was found by a barge dredging Portsmouth Harbour to prepare for the arrival of the Royal Navy's latest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth

A large unexploded World War Two bomb has been found near a shopping and leisure centre in Hampshire.

The 500kg (1,100lb) device was found on the seabed in Portsmouth Harbour by a barge carrying out dredging works.

The Gunwharf Quays retail complex said it had been ordered to evacuate the area by 23:30 BST so the German device can be safely dealt with.

The Royal Navy said the bomb would be towed out to sea overnight and blown up during daylight hours early on Friday.

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