WWII bomb removed ahead of Oxford-Cambridge boat race

The marine policing unit removed it. Police say the ordinance was found submerged on the Chelsea shoreline Saturday.

LONDON — British police say the hotly contested annual Oxford-Cambridge boat race will proceed as planned after they removed an unexploded Second World War-era bomb near the start of the race on the River Thames.

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The bomb was discovered by a member of the public near Putney Bridge in southwest London, just metres from the starting line of the famous race that pits rowers from Cambridge University against those from Oxford University.

(Andrew Matthews/PA Wire via AP) Police patrol the River Thames prior to the annual university Oxford-Cambridge boat race along the river, London, Sunday April 2, 2017.

Chief Inspector Tracy Stephenson says “I’m very happy to update that the ordnance has now been safely removed and the race will be going ahead as planned.”

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