Boat race 2017: Oxford Cambridge duel will go ahead after WWII bomb found on Thames route removed by police

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The race is officially on between Oxford and Cambridge universities, after the famous boat race risked being disrupted by the discovery of an unexploded WWII bomb on the Thames shoreline just 24 hours before it was due to take place.

But the race, which attracts thousands of spectatora, will now go ahead as usual after the Metropolitan Police said the unexpected device has now been removed with the help of the Marine Police Unit.

It was found by a member of the public near Putney Bridge around lunchtime on Saturday.

Chief inspector Tracy Stephenson said: "I'm very happy to update that the ordnance has now been safely removed and the race will be going ahead as planned. We have been working very closely with the organisers of the boat race to plan this event which is eagerly awaited by spectators and supporters alike."

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