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Bomb alert in elementary school sees children and teachers inside and cordon set up

Police said the mortar bomb was found by a digger in the grounds of St Matthews School in Plymouth, Devon, on Wednesday when an army bomb squad was called to remove it

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Children and teachers could not leave their school building after a bomb was discovered outside.

Pupils at St Matthews School in Plymouth, Devon, were told to watch video while waiting for the Royal Navy bomb disposal team to arrive.

A 100-meter cordon of police stayed in place for three hours Wednesday while the squad examined the suspected World War II mortar measuring 3 inches wide.

A controlled demolition is to be carried out tonight. The Royal Navy’s bomb disposal team is now at the scene and police said the device was not disposed of safely but was moved.







Police were called to the area after a suspected bomb was unearthed at St Matthews School
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Children and teachers were initially held in classrooms when the device was found. Some of them were even able to watch Paddington 2 on DVD.

Parents can now pick up their children from school. Some barriers remain in place.

“The school children and teachers at St. Matthews School are not allowed to leave,” a source said PlymouthLive.







The war equipment was dug up by an excavator during construction work at the school
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“They’re waiting for the bomb disposal squad. They all watch a video until they get the all-clear.

“The closure causes traffic chaos, buses are delayed due to the incident.”

Another source said: “Bomb disposal is on site. Children are being held at school, the police are waiting for an action plan.”

They added, “I’d say about 50 parents and guardians are going down at the moment.”







Children and teachers were reportedly ordered to stay in school
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The bomb was found by an excavator during construction work on the school grounds, police told Der Spiegel.

Workers dug up wartime equipment embedded in the ground and an army special team evacuated part of the school.

The bomb was reported at 2.30pm and removed at 5.20pm when the cordon was lifted.







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A witness reported cars being turned away, causing traffic delays in the area.

A message from the school to parents said: “All your children are safe. A suspicious device was unearthed near the school.

“The police closed the parking lot. A disposal unit has been called, as soon as we know what is happening we will let you know. Thanks as always for your patience.”







The police were called at 2:30 p.m. on June 8
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Chris Conners, Principal, added: “We had information from the police early on, they told us what they wanted us to do with the children.

“They were sensible, the kids were fantastic. Everyone is safe and I guess the surrounding roads didn’t help but the parents were great and so was the staff.”

A parent of one child at the school added: “The school has been good and has given us updates.







Headmaster Chris Conners said the children are fantastic
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“It was a bit scary when you hear it and you have kids at school, but they were good, acted quickly and told us not to worry and the kids are safe.”

Earlier on Wednesday, a spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Officers are currently present in Peregrine Road following reports of a suspected mortar measuring around 3 inches having been found.

“A 100 meter cordon is currently in place. EOD have been notified and are en route to assess the item.”







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Mortar bombs were the standard UK mortar used by the British Army from the early 1930s to the late 1960s.

Weapons used during the Second World War were initially hampered by their short range, but were later improved and used by British Empire and Commonwealth armies.

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