A Mass Evacuation took place to allow for the safe disposal of a historic piece of ordnance found in Portsmouth Harbour this morning.Police officers from Hampshire Police working with the MOD and British Transport Police supported the Royal Navy to ensure the safe evacuation of the area as they prepare to tow the device out to sea.
Officers evacuatioed of both the shopping and residential areas of Gunwharf Quays.
Rest centres where been set up in the St Thomas’ Cathedral for evacuated residents of Old Portsmouth and at the John Pounds Centre in Queen Street for Gunwharf Quays residents and Wightlink customers.
The 300m cordon was required and extended to other areas including the Wight Link terminal; Gunwharf Quays; parts of Old Portsmouth – including Tower Alley, Bath Square, West Street, the Camber and the Hotwalls area; The Hard, including Portsmouth Harbour station and the Gosport Ferry; and the Clarence Pier area and Long Curtain Moat car park and footpaths.
Roads in the city have also been closed, Bath Square, West Street, Broad Street and Tower Street.
Any questions about travel disruption should be directed to the operator and those requiring further information about rest centres should contact the Portsmouth City Council helpdesk on 023 9283 4092.