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Police shutdown London’s Soho due to World War II bomb

Police shutdown London’s Soho due to World War II bomb

  • Suspected World War II device was found on building site at the heart of UK capital’s LGBT+ district.
Police evacuate Soho.

Police have shut down London’s LGBT+ district of Soho because someone has found a suspected World War II bomb.

The discovery at a building site near Dean Street in the heart of Soho was made at around 1.42pm today (3 February).

There is a cordon in place between Oxford Street, Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue.

Cancellations, closures and shutdowns

Many businesses have been forced to close their doors. And hundreds of workers spilled out onto the street as offices shut down.

These include the area’s well known LGBT+ bars and Dean Street sexual health services.

Meanwhile theatres have cancelled their shows or are set to do so.

Police removed people from Old Compton Street, the UK’s most famous gay neighborhood, lined with LGBT+ bars and mainstream businesses.

The ‘suspected ordinance’ is near the Soho Hotel.

Update

Soho Police have now announced that the cordon has been scaled back. It is now focused on the area around Dean Street.

The roads closed are:

Dean Street at junction with Old Compton Street and the junction with Carlisle Place and Bateman Street.
Bateman Street at junction with Frith Street.
Meard Street at junction with Wardour Street.
St Annes Court at junction with Wardour Street.

All other closures have been lifted.

However, Soho Police warned: ‘At this time it is not known when the new smaller closure area will be lifted. However these roads will remain closed for the duration of this incident.’

Meanwhile, businesses which are outside the new smaller cordon are starting to open again.

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