Emergency WW2 Bomb Leads to Closure of Plymouth Life Centre

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Following the urgent discovery of a significant World War Two bomb in Keyham, Plymouth Life Centre has announced its closure to the public, effective Thursday, to serve as an emergency rest centre for evacuated residents.

The disclosure came through an official statement from Plymouth Active, distributed on their website this morning. The main sports hall of the Life Centre is currently undergoing preparations to accommodate residents who have either been evacuated or are scheduled for evacuation due to the unfolding situation.

Authorities were alerted to the presence of the ordnance at 10:26 am on February 20, following its discovery in a rear garden on St Michael Avenue. Subsequently, a significant number of homes have been evacuated, and a 200-metre cordon has been established, with the public advised to steer clear of the area.

Presently, the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is on-site, addressing the situation arising from the uncovered explosive device.

The decision to repurpose the Plymouth Life Centre, as outlined in the “urgent update” from Plymouth Active, signifies a crucial step in supporting Plymouth City Council‘s efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected community. The closure is set to commence on Thursday, February 22, and will persist for the foreseeable future.

Plymouth Active expressed regret for any inconvenience caused by the closure but stressed the importance of prioritising community safety during this challenging period. They extended gratitude for the cooperation of the public and pledged to provide updates regarding the duration of the closure and the resumption of regular services.

Furthermore, members have been advised to utilise the facilities at the Plympton centre, with advance booking via the app recommended to secure access to swimming or gym sessions.

The unfolding events in Plymouth serve as a stark reminder of the enduring impacts of historical conflicts, with the unearthing of wartime relics necessitating swift and coordinated responses to safeguard public safety.

As authorities continue to manage the situation, the closure of Plymouth Life Centre underscores the resilience and adaptability of local institutions in times of crisis, prioritising community welfare above all else.

Efforts are underway to ensure the swift resolution of the situation in Keyham, with ongoing support from emergency services and cooperation from the affected residents. As the situation evolves, vigilance and responsiveness remain paramount in navigating through this challenging period.

Danielle Trigg
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