Workers stumble on war era bomb

Three people were reported to be stuck in mud off Hayling Island

Three people rescued after becoming stuck in mud off Hayling Island

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AN UNEXPLODED bomb was found by builders yesterday.

The Second World War era eight inch long shell was found by workers digging holes to install a fence around an empty block of flats in Rowner, Gosport.

The flats are due to be demolished as part of the multi-million pound Rowner Renewal project.

Workers found the bomb in the verge behind the garages to Livingstone Court, between Nimrod Drive and the entrance to Tesco at 11.45am.

Police set up a 200m exclusion zone.

Nearby roads were closed roads and a bomb disposal team took the bomb away at 2.45pm.

Staff at nearby Siskin Junior School were informed of the discovery.

Hazel Warwick, asset management director at First Wessex, which is part of the renewal scheme, said: ‘On discovering the bomb, the police were called immediately.

‘They cordoned off the area for public safety until the bomb disposal team arrived.’