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People evacuated after bomb scare

PUBLISHED: 15:14 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:18 16 July 2013

Police and ambulance workers at the scene (photo: Rob Jones)

Police and ambulance workers at the scene (photo: Rob Jones)

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People have been evacuated from their homes after a potentially explosive object was found, according to witnesses.

Ambulance crews are also there. Picture: Rob JonesAmbulance crews are also there. Picture: Rob Jones

The object - which was apparently ‘smoking’ - was discovered in Temple Avenue, Dagenham today.

Resident Rob Jones, 18, said he was told about the explosive device by a PCSO. “They said that the thing was found when they were digging the road up and that it was smoking. They’ve evacuated some homes and closed part of Temple Avenue.

“A lot of emergency service crews have turned up. They seem to be taking it very seriously.”

Another resident, Siobhan Hallet, said: “I was evacuated by police at around 1.30pm. They didn’t tell me what it was they had found, but I heard through someone else it could be a World War II bomb, but not sure if that’s true.”

Crews are still at the scene. All Saints Catholic School, which sits near the site, said they were aware of the discovery but had not been told to evacuate pupils.

Please check our website for updates. Have you been evacuated or are you at the scene? Call us on 020 8477 3900 or email postnewsdesk@archant.co.uk.


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