Police to evacuate Fort Road area for unexploded mine
Friday 16th August 2013, 6:15PM BST.
POLICE have announced that they are to evacuate areas near Fort Road while dealing with an unexploded bomb on Sunday morning.
Homes affected are near Fermain Road, Fort Road and the Fermain Lane area.
The bomb has been confirmed as a World War Two Air Deployable Sea-Mine, which was found in the Bluebell Wood area yesterday.
The Guernsey Police bomb disposal team has been working alongside Royal Navy experts throughout the last 24 hours.
The mine will be disposed of on Sunday, following a controlled recovery and movement to Fermain Bay, where it will be taken to deep water and destroyed by way of a controlled explosion.
Police said: ‘As a result of the risk assessment made, the precautionary measure of initiating a planned evacuation of the surrounding area and route of the weapon to Fermain Bay has been put in place. Householders in the effected area and roads will be spoken to by police officers in respect of the planned evacuation.
‘People living in the immediate area of Bluebell Woods, are requested to evacuate their homes from 6am Sunday (18 August) and residents within a 300 metre radius of the route are asked to evacuate their homes from 8am in order to allow the safe movement of the weapon to Fermain Bay. ’
The police anticipate that the operation will be complete by late Sunday morning, and residents will be able to return to their properties from midday.
Further announcements will be made through the local media, and also through the Guernsey Police Facebook page.
Refreshments will be available at St Martin’s Community Centre during the period of the evacuation.
In addition, a telephone number of 719421 is available for residents who require further information.