World War II Bomb believed to be discovered in City Centre - The Coventry Observer

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World War II Bomb believed to be discovered in City Centre

Shaun Reynolds 22nd Sep, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CORDONS remain in place in Paradise Street, Cheylesmore, this morning after what’s believed to be a WWII bomb was found on a Coventry construction site.

Army experts have attended the site to assess the device and a controlled explosion will take place later on today.

Road closures around Paradise Street, Ring Road, London Road, Deasy Road, Mile Lane, Puma Way, Swift Road, Quarryfield Lane, Cheetah Road, Parkside and Short Heath will remain in place and some University students and residences have been evacuated as a precaution.

There is currently no disruption reported for local residents.

A statement has been issued by Coventry University – some students enjoying Freshers’ week have been evacuated from their halls.

The statement reads: “We were made aware yesterday afternoon of the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb on Paradise Street.

“A number of our students who live in nearby halls were evacuated to safety.

“We are providing any necessary assistance to those affected.

“The situation is being handled by the emergency services and we are monitoring developments closely.

“The University has rehearsed procedures in place for instances such as these to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

Jack Slinn, Coventry University student, was preparing for his first day of study when he heard the news of the bomb.

Jack said: “I went into the city to pick a friend up last night at around 5pm, but police were directing cars to turn around – at the time I had no idea what was going on.

“Then, this morning, the traffic getting into Coventry was horrendous – almost at a standstill – it was quite a stressful first day if I’m honest.

“It was the talk of the lecture theatre this morning as some of my friends has been evacuated from their accommodation – other than that everything ran smoothly at the university itself.”

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