Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race to go ahead after WWII bomb removed from starting line

Telegraph Reporters
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Organisers of the annual Oxford-Cambridge boat races have said the events will go ahead as planned,  after an unexploded Second World War bomb was removed from the water near the starting line.

Police were called on Saturday after a member of the public spotted the device in the River Thames near Putney Bridge, yards from where the annual rowing event will get under way.

Earlier organisers said they were waiting to obtain full clearance to start the races, with an update expected at around 1pm.

It has since been confirmed the races will cast off as planned, after police successfully cleared the area.

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A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police were called by a member of the public at approximately 1.50pm on Saturday reporting what they thought to be World War Two ordnance on the Chelsea shoreline by Putney Bridge.

"Officers including the Marine Policing Unit attended. The item is currently submerged."

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Thousands of people are expected to line the banks of the Thames to watch the 163rd edition of the Boat Race between the two universities.

The men's event starts at 5.35pm, while the women's race - in its 72nd year - begins at 4.35pm.

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