Residents within 200m of a suspected WWII bomb found in Bermondsey this morning have been told they aren't allowed home tonight.

Police put a 400m cordon up earlier today when the device was discovered at a building site in Grange Walk.

In the latest statement from Southwark Council, a spokesman said: "We are aware of an unexploded WW2 bomb in The Grange area of Southwark, and understand that many residents will be concerned about this.

"We are working closely with the emergency services who are leading the operation to identify and respond to the bomb.

"The police have now evacuated residents who live within 200m of the bomb site. This mostly affects the Neckinger Estate, Vauban Estate, St Saviour’s Estate south of Abbey Street, Aylwin Estate, Alscott Way and Curtis Way.

"If you live within this area you will not be allowed into your home and should go to one of the rest centres in Canada Water."

These sites are Canada Water library and Seven islands leisure centre.

Kintore Way school and Harris Academy were also evacuated earlier.

There is heavy traffic in the area, while bus routes 1 and 78 are on diversion.

The spokesman added: "Traffic is still being diverted from the wider area and this is causing considerable congestion in the Tower Bridge/Grange area.

"We would advise people to stay away from the area if at all possible, especially at rush hour. We are awaiting more information about next steps once a comprehensive assessment of the bomb can be carried out."

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said earlier: "At this early stage the police believe that the unexploded bomb is thought to be approximately five foot long and 1,000lbs in weight."