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'Giant Christmas bauble' in Thames sparks bomb alert

Christmas bauble bomb Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Officers were quick to wrap up the case when they realised the "bomb" was actually a bauble

A suspected unexploded bomb on the banks of the River Thames turned out to be a "giant glittery Christmas bauble".

The ordnance-like ornament was mistaken for an explosive when it washed up near Wapping, east London.

Met Police officers were called to inspect the device and "luckily" realised it was an oversized festive feature.

It comes a few days after an unexploded World War Two bomb was discovered in Kingston-upon-Thames.

Students from Kingston University had to be evacuated from the campus until the device was dealt with.

Officers from Tower Hamlets who dealt with the bauble posted a picture of the faded decoration on Twitter.

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