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WW2 bomb found on Brondesbury Park building site

Unexploded bomb Image copyright London Fire Brigade
Image caption The large bomb, pictured beside a shovel at the site, is understood to be a 500lb (227kg) device

An unexploded World War Two bomb has been found on a building site in north-west London.

The 500lb (227kg) device was discovered in The Avenue, Brondesbury Park, shortly before midday.

All homes within a 200m radius and a nearby nursery school were evacuated after police and fire crews were called to the scene.

The site will not be made safe until at least Friday afternoon, Brent Council has warned.

It has set up a centre for people who are unable to return home.

An Army bomb disposal team is working to make the bomb safe.

Image copyright London Fire Brigade
Image caption Pupils from a nursery and a school and local residents have been evacuated
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Image caption A 200m wide cordon has been set up around the site

A spokesperson for the council said the bomb will not be made safe until "at least Friday afternoon", although there have been warnings that it could take longer.

One local resident told the BBC that "these things do happen" as London was bombed heavily in the war, but "it's just now inconveniencing me massively".

"I understand it's for security reason but it's just annoying", another resident said.

Supt Nigel Quantrell of the Met Police said specialist teams "are working very hard to resolve the situation".

Image caption The bomb was found on a building site in a residential area

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