Sussex

Rampion wind farm: Unexploded wartime bombs found in sea

Marker buoy
Image caption Yellow marker buoys are in place around the unexploded devices

Two 500lb unexploded wartime bombs have been discovered close to the site of a wind farm off the coast of Sussex.

An exclusion zone has been set up three miles off Shoreham with marker buoys in place near E.On's £1.3bn Rampion wind farm.

The devices were found close to one another within the parameters of its offshore site, the energy firm said.

A spokesman added that safety remained its highest priority and experts were determining the best course of action.

"Local people should not be concerned and offshore construction is unaffected by this find," a statement added.

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Image caption The wind farm will be visible from Brighton beach, as seen in this computer-generated image

Sailors and fishermen in the area have been advised to observe a 500-metre safety zone until the ordnance has been "retrieved or disposed", E.On said.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said they were not aware of the incident, but "as a commercial company E.On would deal with the ordnance itself".

The Rampion wind farm has been under construction since last September will have 116 wind turbines when it is completed next year.

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