Thousands evacuated after unexploded WW2 bomb found near university

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Over 2,600 people have been evacuated after an unexploded World War 2 bomb was discovered near to the University of Exeter campus.

Devon and Cornwall Police ordered the evacuation after a device was located on a building site on private land west of the university.

Residents were told they needed to leave their homes and stay away from the the area on Friday February 26.

The Royal Navy reportedly worked overnight to stabilise and assess the area and a 400-metre cordon is now in place on Glenthorne Road, Exeter.

According to police, the examination and detonation of the device has been passed to the Army.

The University of Exeter has evacuated 12 halls of residence, and the students affected by the bomb have been temporarily relocated to a hotel.

In a statement, the University said on Twitter: "Students who are affected will have been contacted by the Accommodation Team & relocated.

"We will support those who are affected until the situation is resolved & buildings are reopened. We will communicate directly later today by email with those students who have been relocated."

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