Ramsgate station reopens after unexploded bomb found by workmen
Ramsgate station has reopened after bomb disposal experts removed an unexploded Second World War device.
Commuters faced rail chaos after a cordon was thrown around the area when workers discovered the bomb at around 2.15pm.
The station was closed for more than five hours while Ministry of Defence bomb disposal experts removed the device. It was taken to Joss Bay beach for detonation.
Police cordon off Ramsgate station after a suspected unexploded bomb found
The device was found on a building site close to the station, in St Stephen's Close.
A 100-yard cordon was thrown around the area, including the station, and trains stopped.
A Kent Police spokesman said: "Officers were called to St Stephens Close at 2.15pm this afternoon to reports of an unexploded bomb had been discovered by workmen."
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Fire crews at the scene of the bomb scare at Ramsgate station. Picture: Ellis Collins
Cordon around Ramsgate station amid a bomb scare. Picture: Dylan Richards
The area around Ramsgate station was cordoned off by police
Southeastern said trains through Ramsgate were cancelled, delayed or revised at short notice.
The operator ran bus replacement services between Margate, Dover Priory, Canterbury West and Ramsgate.
Video: Emergency services at Ramsgate station bomb scare
Among those affected were children who travel to Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School Federation by train.
One 11-year-old Year 7 girl, who travels to school by bus from Broadstairs, said: "We came out of school and were told that anyone who travels by train should go into the hall.
"There was a lot of panic with people trying to call their mums on their mobiles. One of my friends was nearly in tears and very upset because she couldn't get hold of her mum."
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