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Dozens of schools, nurseries and toddler groups are set to be closed on Friday (March 3) morning as work goes on at the suspected Second World War bomb site.

The army bomb disposal unit are due to return to the construction site at The Avenue, at around 9am.

The cordon in place will be extended to 300 metres with dozens more families to be evacuated from the area.

Overnight police have been knocking on doors to notify residents who will be affected.

Suspected WW2 bomb in Brondesbury Park

The discovery was made at a building site in Brondesbury Park on Thursday (March 2).

London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police were called to the scene at around 11.50am.

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Bus delays

There continue to be delays of around 50 minutes in these areas

In pictures

Below is a link to our article with some great pictures from the army of their work, which shows the scale of the bomb.

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/brondesbury-park-unexploded-bomb-pictures-12685647

Meet Alex

Alex is one of the Red Cross volunteers helping families at the rest centre in Brent

Keep smiling

The Red Cross is helping the families affected by the evacuation

Questions

One of your more unusual notices...

So close

Praise for the council and Red Cross

Police: 'Progress slower than expected'

Not great news if you’re waiting to return to your property...

Red Cross in action

Grateful for support

Help from the Red Cross

Red Cross volunteers have been on hand to provide practical and emotional support at the rest centre to those affected.

Inside Wembley Police Station

High call volumes

Brent Council urge people trying to get in touch by phone to remain patient due to a high volume of calls.

Cordoned area

Here is a reminder of the cordoned area currently in place while army experts deal with the unexploded WW2 bomb at Brondesbury Park.


Looking ahead

Brent Council says it is waiting to find out of further accommodation will be required for residents on Friday night

Rest centres

Evacuate residents are now being directed to a rest centre, the council spokesperson continued.

This is at St Martin’s Church, in Mortimer Road, Kensal Green.

Residents are being given tea and coffee and kept up to date with what is happening.

Nearly 90 residents evacuated

Brent Council has told getwestlondon that 51 adults and 27 children spent Thursday night in a hotel in Wembley.

Police man closed roads

Police officer seen here manning the closed roads.

This photo taken by @MPS Brent is at the Brondesbury Park Junction with The Avenue.


Too early to confirm when it will be over

More than 24 hours on from the initial reports of the unexploded WW2 bomb work is still underway to remove the explosive from the site.

The council has reported on its website: “It is still too early to confirm when the army’s operation will finish but they are working extremely hard.”

Brent MPS

What's happened so far...

Here is a round-up of the events as they have unfolded in regards to the WW2 explosive discovered buried in Brent.

Police, the London Fire Brigade and Brent Council have been assisting the army following reports of an unexploded Second World War bomb near Brondesbury park station on Thursday (March 2).

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/brondesbury-park-unexploded-bomb-army-12681463

Schools have been closed and residents evacuated as a cordon was put in place, with everyone urged to avoid the area.

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/brondesbury-park-unexploded-bomb-army-12683565

Work has continued throughout the night to secure the German WW2 bomb found at the construction site where apartments are being built at The Avenue.

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/brondesbury-park-unexploded-bomb-pictures-12685647

The evacuation of residents in the extended 300m cordon started this morning.

London Fire Brigade continue to assist

The Brigade continue to assist the police and the army at the scene of the unexploded WW2 bomb.

The operation which began yesterday morning, and continued throughout the night, is expected to last throughout the day, the Brigade said.

Cordons remain in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

A Command Unit and two Inter Agency Liaison Officers are at the scene.

Station Manager Jerome Kumedzina said:

Police have put safety cordons in place and there are local road closures so motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

A school, nursery and nearby homes have been evacuated as a precaution and the local authority has set up a reception centre to assist those people affected.

The Brigade was called at 11.50am on Thursday (March 2).

Bomb weighs 500lbs (227kgs)

Here is our latest story as the army remain on site for the safe removal of the 500lbs German Second World War bomb in Brent.

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/brondesbury-park-unexploded-bomb-pictures-12685647

Army work through the night

Army bomb disposal teams worked through the night to make safe an unexploded German WW2 bomb as they prepare for it to be removed.

The Second World War device, weighing 500lb (227kg) was buried deep at a building site at The Avenue, Brondesbury Park, in Brent, where preparations to build an apartment block were under way.

Army bomb disposal experts work through the night to make German WW2 bomb safe
Army bomb disposal experts work through the night to make German WW2 bomb safe (Image: Brent Council )

A number of schools and properties were evacuated on Thursday (March 2) taking shelter in a church overnight.

Helpline

If you want to check on a family member or friend who lives in the cordoned off area call the helpline number set up by Brent Council .

The helpline number is 020 8937 5788.

Schools confirmed closed

The following schools have been confirmed for closure today as the evacuation has been extended following a suspected unexploded bomb discovered at a construction site yesterday.

The following schools will be closed all day today, Brent Council has confirmed just now.

  • Brondesbury College For Boys
  • Al-Sadiq and Al-Zahra
  • Christ Church CofE Primary School
  • Islamia Primary School
  • Malorees Infant School
  • Malorees Junior School
  • North West London Jewish Day School
  • Marylebone Boys’ School
  • Salusbury Primary School
  • Islamia Girls’ Secondary School

Map showing cordon extension

Here is a map of the cordon extension implemented by the army bomb disposal unit.


Cordon extended - roads affected

The cordon has been extended to 300 metres.

Here are a list of roads within the cordon that will be extended this morning.

  • St. Hilda’s close
  • Manor House Drive south
  • Christchurch Avenue between St Hilda’s Close and Mowbray Road
  • The Avenue between Tiverton Green and Mowbray Road
  • Brondesbury Park between Coverdale Road and Chevening Road
  • Wilesden Lane between Coverdale Road and Winchester
  • Avenue Mowbray Road between Chevening Road and Willesden Lane
  • Winchester Avenue between Chevening Road and Willesden Lane Dyne Road between
  • Willesden Lane and Torbay Road Cavendish Road between The Avenue and Mowbray Road
  • Mapesbury Road between Willesden Lane and Mowbury Road