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Smoking object found in Dagenham could be World War II bomb, say police

PUBLISHED: 16:42 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:01 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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Police have confirmed they believe the potentially explosive device found in Dagenham is a World War II bomb.

The device, which appeared to be smoking, was found today by workers digging up Temple Avenue.

Bomb disposal officers are investigating the discovery and police have evacuated “a large number” of people from homes in Temple Avenue, Stanley Avenue, Grosvenor Road, Gray Avenue, Brendon Road, James Avenue and Albert Road.

Fire and ambulance crews have also attended.

Pupils at nearby schools were not evacuated but officers were on hand to ensure youngsters took alternative routes home if needed.

The council has set up a rest centre for the evacuated at Heath Park Hall in Uvedale Road, Dagenham.

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