An unexploded 50kg World War Two bomb found in the River Thames has been removed and exploded.

The operation by the Royal Navy and Metropolitan Police forced Waterloo Bridge, Westminster Bridge and Victoria Embankment in central London to shut.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the WWII device had been towed along the river to Tilbury, Essex, where it was safely detonated.

Police had been called to the river at 17:15 GMT on Thursday. The device has been identified as a German SD 50kg bomb, a small armour-piercing ordnance dropped from an aircraft.

The Port of London Authority said the suspected bomb measured 2ft by 1ft (60cm x 30cm).

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