Boat race set to go ahead after WWII bomb discovered in Thames

The race itself was in doubt after an unexploded Second World War bomb was found in the river near the start line, before being safely removed by police.

Police were called on Sunday (NZ time) after a member of the public spotted the device in the river Thames near Putney Bridge, The Guardian reported.

The prestigious Oxford-Cambridge boat race will go ahead as planned.

The bomb was assessed and removed by specialist officers on Sunday.

Race director Michelle Dite said: "At this stage the races will go ahead as planned", the BBC reported.

The discovery of a suspected unexploded bomb dating from the Blitz has raised a question mark over the University Boat Race today (2 April).

Image: The races between teams from Oxford and Cambridge are set to continue.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement to the Telegraph: "An appropriate policing plan is in place for the Boat Race".

"Over 250,000 people line the banks of the Thames on Race day and millions more watch the event live on the BBC in the United Kingdom every year but, with over a billion people globally on YouTube, this announcement will give one of Britain's biggest sporting events the chance to be seen by many more across the world". After being held irregularly for the next 25 years, the race moved to London in 1836, where it is held annually around Easter.

The women's race dates to 1927, but was only raced intermittently until the 1960s.

The women's race begins at 4.35pm and the men's race begins an hour later at 5.35pm.

  • Joanne Flowers