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|Homes evacuated over wartime bomb |
(about 4 hours later)
Hundreds of people were forced to spend the night away from their homes after an unexploded World War II bomb was discovered on a Suffolk beach.
About 1200 homes within half-a-mile of the site at Felixstowe were evacuated, with the majority of people going to stay with family and friends.
|But more than 40 people sought refuge in one of the town's sports centres.||But more than 40 people sought refuge in one of the town's sports centres.|
A Royal Navy bomb disposal unit is hoping to move and detonate the 1,000lb (500kg) bomb later.
Suffolk Police are urging people to stay away from their homes.
They say the next few hours are critical as the bomb is moved out to sea.
About 40 people spent the night at the sports centre
It is hoped residents will be able to return to their homes on Tuesday afternoon.
Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council are providing food and shelter at the Brackenbury Sports Centre on High Road East in the town.
|The bomb was unearthed early on Monday morning by a contractor working on the area's sea defences.||The bomb was unearthed early on Monday morning by a contractor working on the area's sea defences.|
|It is thought to be German in origin.||It is thought to be German in origin.|
|A special telephone number has been set up for anyone who needs advice or guidance - 01473 613600.||A special telephone number has been set up for anyone who needs advice or guidance - 01473 613600.|