A treasure hunter dug up an unexploded Second World War bomb at Ruislip Lido.

Unexploded WW2 bomb found at Ruislip Lido

Families, joggers and dog walkers were evacuated from the nature reserve in Reservoir Road on Saturday afternoon as police cleared the area.

A man using a metal detector had been digging in Poor’s Field, a grassy area next to the original car park which has been used in recent years to graze cattle, at around 3pm when made the discovery.

He alerted officers at Ruislip Police Station in The Oaks, Ruislip, who described the bomb as 12-inches long and rocket-shaped. It was still partly buried when police arrived at the Lido.

Officers evacuated people within a 200-metre radius. With help from London Fire Brigade, a specialist explosives officer carried out a controlled explosion.

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The Lido and surrounding field have since reopened to the public, but if you wander through the mud in Poor's Field you will find the spot where the bomb was blown up.