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Unexploded WW2 bomb found in Birmingham

An unexploded Second World War bomb was found in Birmingham this afternoon, causing a construction site to be evacuated.

The bomb squad in Birmingham. Photo: WMP Force Support Unit

The bomb squad was called to the scene and police closed Islington Row Middleway up to Bath Row near to the city centre.

West Midlands Police has confirmed the Army's bomb disposal team have now safely removed the unexploded device from the site. All roads are now back open.

Emergency services are understood to have been called at around 3.20pm.

The West Midlands Police Road Harm Reduction Team tweeted: "Our specially trained motorcyclists have assisted MoD officers into the city to the scene of an old World War Two bomb.

"Look out for diversions and if you’re coming out of the city plan your route accordingly."

It comes almost exactly one year after a 550lb Second World War bomb was found near the Aston Expressway.

Around 200 residents were evacuated and the A38 was shut for around 30 hours before a controlled explosion brought the drama to an end