London City airport closed after WWII bomb found in Thames

A World War II era bomb was grounded thousands at London City Airport

A World War II era bomb was grounded thousands at London City Airport

The ordnance was discovered in King George V Dock, close to the runway of London's most central airport, during planned works.

A stunning discovery in London's River Thames forced officials to evacuate the nearby London City Airport on Sunday, after reports said an unexploded World War II-era bomb was found.

"At 10pm, an operational decision was made with the Royal Navy to implement a 214m (230 yard) exclusion zone to ensure that the ordnance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public". Passengers have been told to contact their airline before travelling.

Transport for London tweeted: "The airport has been closed due to an emergency services incident".

"There will also be disruption to inbound and outbound flights during the operation".

Specialist officers are working with the Royal Navy to remove the ordnance, the Metropolitan Police said.

Police were called to the scene at the George V Dock, North Woolwich, just after 5am on Sunday.

"The airport is cooperating fully with the Met police, Royal Navy and [the] London borough of Newham".

Passengers have been advised not to travel to the airport until further notice and check with the airlines for specific flight information.