Bomb disposal team and police on scene in Westgate

Bomb disposal team on site Photo Carl Hudson

Police and a bomb disposal team are on the scene in Westgate.

The Royal Logistics Corp Explosive Ordnance Device team has been called in for two objects, thought to be unexploded ordnance or a suspicious package,  found at a property in the Westgate Bay Avenue/St Mildred’s Road area of the town.

Photo Frank Leppard

Forensics, police vans and cars are on site. The area is currently cordoned off and it is understood some properties may have been evacuated.

Photo Carl Hudson

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Kent Police officers are currently in Westgate Bay Avenue, Westgate-on-sea, to assist with a cordon whilst experts from the Ministry of Defence Ordnance Disposal Unit assess two objects that have been found.”

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The MoD has been asked for further details.

UPDATE: Road now open.

 

11 Comments

  1. I went past that spot at 9:30 this morning and saw several police cars there, yet they were in the process of shutting off the road when I went past again at 3:30 this afternoon… why on earth did it take them 6 hours?

  2. I expect the unit has to travel many miles to get there so I dont see a problem, Its been there what 50 years. I used to live in one of the flats.

  3. I knew Facebook had 100,000 Covid experts but now we have Bomb Disposal experts! Just what do you know that gives you an option for dumb comments like 6 hours is really inexcusable”.

  4. Two officers still in attendance in the building , my guess is the police were called to an initial incident and whilst on scene found something of concern and so involved the MOD. Scene being preserved for now.

  5. Police do not cordon off roads without weighing up all the risks ,I am sure all precautions were taken , some people just love to pick holes.

  6. I expect the road was cornered off so they could dispose of it, think they blow them up. There are probally 100s more that not been found yet.

    • Fair point.

      Do we know for certain that there were two(!) unexploded WW2 bombs rather than recently made devices?

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