Line closed and 100m cordon in place after World War Two bomb found near rail track

An unexploded Second World War bomb has been found near railway tracks, leading to the delay of some train services.

Line closed and 100m cordon in place after World War Two bomb found near rail track
© Other Images of the unexploded World War Two bomb found in Netley, Hampshire, have been released. Pics: Network Rail

Police received a report about the unexploded bomb at a construction site in Netley, Hampshire, at 10am on Friday, according to the county’s constabulary.

A 100-metre (328ft) cordon is in place as a precaution and a bomb disposal team is at the scene.

The discovery, reportedly 20 metres (65ft) from the track, has meant all lines between Netley and Sholing are blocked, causing disruption to Great Western Railway, South Western Railway and Southern services.

Rail replacement bus services are being organised, according to Network Rail.

It has released two images of the bomb in the bucket of an excavator.

Network Rail Wessex tweeted: “An unexploded ordnance has been found at a construction site near to the railway between Netley and Sholing.

“@HantsPolice and @BTP are on the scene and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team will be there soon.

“@SW_Help services are being diverted via Botley.”

It later added: “The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is now on site.

“The line is closed affecting @SW_Help, @GWRHelp and @SouthernRailUK services with rail replacement bus services being organised.”

The find comes just two days after four people were injured, including one seriously, when a World War Two bomb exploded on a railway construction site near the main station in Munich, Germany.

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