Homes evacuated and major incident declared in Exeter after discovery of ‘unexploded WW2 device’

A major incident has been declared by police in Exeter after the discovery of what is suspected to be an unexploded World War Two device.

The Royal Navy bomb squad has also been called to the scene in Glenthorne Road – with homes being evacuated a 100-metre cordon in place.

Officers were alerted to the item this morning.

A 100m cordon is currently in place and a number of nearby properties are currently being evacuated…people are advised to avoid the area where possible – Devon and Cornwall Police

A force spokesperson said: “Police were called to Glenthorne Road, Exeter, at around 9.20am this morning following reports that a possible unexploded World War Two device has been located.

“A 100m cordon is currently in place and a number of nearby properties are currently being evacuated. The cordon size may change in due course.

“University of Exeter staff are assisting with evacuating the nearby halls of residence.

“The Navy EOD are also on scene and the incident is ongoing.

“People are advised to avoid the area where possible.”

Updates to follow.

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