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'World War II bomb' found in city
Coventry city centre sealed off after WWII bomb alert
The city was expected to be sealed off throughout the night
Parts of Coventry city centre have been closed off after what is believed to be an unexploded World War II bomb was unearthed on a building site.

It was found at the Belgrade Plaza development in Upper Well Street. Police said the device seemed genuine but it was not clear if it was live.

Eight junctions of the ring road were shut and offices evacuated.

The city will remain closed through the night as explosives teams attempt to defuse it.

Exits remain open

The Coventry Evening Telegraph offices and Belgrade Theatre were also evacuated.

A matinee performance of In The Club was cancelled and police have maintained a 500m cordon from the building site.

The ring road is closed to traffic anti-clockwise between junctions one and eight, which take traffic into the city centre.

Exits out of the city centre from the ring road remain open.

Explosives experts were called to the scene to examine the bomb and decide on how best to deal with it, a police spokesman added.



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