M62 closed and homes evacuated after unexploded bomb found on new housing estate

A MOTORWAY has been closed and homes evacuated after a live World War Two bomb was discovered on a new housing estate.

The 500lb explosive, which is set to be safely detonated by the bomb squad later today, was found by construction workers at The Greenways housing development in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire.

A large police cordon has been set up around the device.

Parts of the M62 and nearby roads shut as the ordeal looks set to ensure travel chaos for much of today. 

A statement on Humberside Police's website read: “Colleagues from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, who have been on site since late last night, have now confirmed that the device is live and are making plans to safely detonate the bomb within the next 24 hours. 

“All persons in the immediate vicinity have been evacuated as a precaution.

“Those living or staying in the wider immediate area are asked to remain indoors from 8pm this evening.

“Businesses within the cordoned area will be asked to close until the works have been completed.

“Road diversions will be in place across all affected roads from 8pm this evening. For drivers using the M62, visit the Highways England website.”

The closure of the busy M62 comes just as 11.5m drivers hit the roads this weekend.

That's on top of the 2.3m trips today as motorists head off for their family summer getaway.

Traffic site INRIX predicted a 29 per cent increase in delays on Friday, compared to typical July travel times.

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