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World War Two 'bomb' found by builders at West Acton home

Police officers and an explosives team attended a property in Cumberland Road after builders had unearthed a WW2 bomb

Police in Ealing discovered a WW2 bomb at a property in Cumberland Road

A World War Two "bomb" was unearthed by builders working at a property in West Acton.

Metropolitan Police said the workmen, who were digging for an extension at an address in Cumberland Road, discovered the "projectile shell" on Wednesday (October 12).

Officers were deployed to the scene and contact was made with the Met's explosives team, but the device was found to be empty and posed no threat to the public.

Inspector Kevin Webster said: "Response officers were able to identify that the projectile was not only old but only an empty casing.

"The explosives team attended and confirmed there was no risk to public safety and removed the shell from the scene."

In May this year, a 95-year-old war veteran who has lived in Ealing for more than 40 years spoke of his time as a prisoner of war during the Second World War for the first time.

David Gibson survived three-and-a-half years as a POW of the Japanese Imperial Army.

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