Residents who were evacuated from Bethnal Green are set to return to their homes after an unexploded bomb was removed from the area.

The bomb, believed to date back to the second World War, has been made safe and removed by military personnel after it was discovered by contractors working in Temple Street on Monday, August 10.

Fire crews assisted colleagues from Metropolitan Police and Tower Hamlets Council, as well as bomb disposal experts from the Army .

Evacuated residents will soon be allowed back into their homes after the all clear was given on Tuesday, August 11.

Experts from the Royal Logistics Corps worked through the night to stabilise and defuse the bomb, which is believed to have been dropped over London during German bombing raids in the early 1940s but did not detonate.

Station manager Matt Burrows who was at the scene in his capacity as a firefighter said: “Our urban search and rescue crews provided equipment and assistance to Army bomb disposal crews who worked carefully to remove the bomb from the basement.

“A great deal of work was being carried out by firefighters, army, police and local authorities to safely remove and defuse this bomb. We’d to thank local residents for their patience.”

The bomb was safely removed at 2.10pm on Tuesday, August 11. Since 2009 the London Fire Brigade has attended nine unexploded Second World War bombs.