LONDON — London City Airport has announced its closure on Sunday after a World War II bomb was found in the nearby River Thames.
The ordnance was discovered in King George V Dock, close to the runway of London’s most central airport, during planned works.
“A 214m (234-yard) exclusion zone has been implemented as a precaution by the Met Police. As a result, London City Airport is currently closed,” the airport said in a statement.
Travellers were told to avoid the airport: “All passengers due to travel from London City on Monday are advised to contact their airline for further information.”
City Airport operates short-haul flights and is located in east London, close to the Canary Wharf business district.
The Metropolitan Police said the discovery was reported before dawn on Sunday, at around 0500 GMT, and the exclusion zone was put in place at 2200 GMT.
The decision was taken “to ensure that the ordnance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public,” police said in a statement.
COMMENTSThe unexploded ordnance is being dealt with by specialist police officers working alongside the Royal Navy.
Thousands of bombs were dropped on London during the “Blitz” by German Air Forces between September 1940 and May 1941.Follow @gorkhapost
Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded
BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.
The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.
Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.
Transportation has also been halted.
Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.
Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.
The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.
Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.
Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.Follow @gorkhapost