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Crockenhill Primary School evacuated after unexploded bomb found

A school and surrounding buildings were evacuated after an unexploded bomb was found by builders.

Parents were called to collect their children from Crockenhill Primary School earlier this afternoon due to "an emergency", and bomb disposal experts have been called to the scene.

Crockenhill Primary School. Image: Google maps.
Crockenhill Primary School. Image: Google maps.

Police confirmed road closures were put in place following the discovery of a suspected unexploded wartime bomb just after 1pm.

They said it was found during an excavation of part of the playground, and that all school children had been safely evacuated.

Green Court Road and Stones Cross Road, which links into Broadway, were closed, but were later reopened after a Ministry of Defence bomb disposal team removed the device.

Kent Police's Sevenoaks team later tweeted a picture of the bomb, adding: "A big thank you to the residents of #Crockenhill for their patience's with this incident. As advised earlier all roads are now open and all cordons that were in place to keep everyone safe, have now been lifted."

Kent Police tweeted a picture of the bomb found at Crockenhill.
Kent Police tweeted a picture of the bomb found at Crockenhill.

Earlier in the day parents and residents described the situation as it unfolded.

"They're not allowing anyone back in at the moment," said one parent. "We've had to pick them up. We got a text saying there was an emergency and to come and pick your children up, but not to worry.

"There were lots of police there and it was all taped off. Someone bought a house next to a school and they had been knocking down a wall – they must have come across it then."

Surrounding homes and other businesses were also evacuated.

Jackie Hollands, owner of nearby Broadway Flowers, in Broadway, Crockenhill, said: "Apparently it's a lot bigger than they thought so they had to get the bomb disposal unit from London.
"Everybody has been told to go to the church. I don't think people are too worried - it's more a case of people laughing and being excited."

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