Shell shock for prison construction workers

PUBLISHED: 18:34 19 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:04 25 August 2010

A BOMB scare halted the building of a young offenders institution. Work on a HMP Isis in the grounds of Belmarsh Prison, Thamesmead, was

A BOMB scare halted the building of a young offenders' institution.

Work on a HMP Isis in the grounds of Belmarsh Prison, Thamesmead, was brought to a stop on Tuesday afternoon when workers thought they had found an unexploded bomb from World War II.

Around 80 workers were evacuated, but when bomb disposal experts arrived they found it to be an empty shell casing.

The new prison institution is being built on the site of the former Woolwich Arsenal, a major wartime munitions manufacturer that was often targeted by German bombers.

Senior officer at HMP Belmarsh Thomas McDonald said: "They are digging up all sorts of old ordinance.


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