I understand that the Police and Bomb Squad have now stood the incident down after confirmation that this was not a bomb. It seems to have been a 1900 fire hydrant, which caused some confusion as it does look like the ‘fins’ of a World War 2 bomb. Understandably a cautious approach was taken.
It is wonderful news that this incident has been resolved and that residents will be able to sleep in their own beds this evening. The council was standing ready to provide emergency accommodation, including hotels for 32 households, which is an enormous effort in the middle of a pandemic. On behalf of the community, I want to thank them and the teams of police officers and military personnel for their hard work in keeping us all safe.