Bomb halts construction on Ben Ainslie's sailing base

Bomb halts construction on Ben Ainslie's sailing base

Bomb halts construction on Ben Ainslie's sailing base

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

AN UNEXPLODED World War Two bomb halted work on the Hampshire headquarters for Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup bid today.

The device was discovered in the building area where the Lymington-based Olympic sailing star is having his new multi-million pound headquarters constructed in Portsmouth.

His decision to choose Portsmouth over the former Vosper Thornycroft site in Southampton to base his team sparked huge controversy earlier in the year.

Sir Ben said he had chosen Portsmouth due to its “maritime heritage” and the footfall generated by the ferry port.

The shell was found at around 3.30pm, sparking police to establish a cordon at Portsmouth Cathedral to prevent people from accessing Sallyport and The Point.

The Royal Navy bomb squad were drafted in and have safely removed the shell.

The cordon was lifted just before 5.30pm.

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6:33pm Mon 11 Aug 14

03alpe01 says...

No, it still won't come to Southampton!
No, it still won't come to Southampton! 03alpe01
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6:45pm Mon 11 Aug 14

massimoosti says...

03alpe01 wrote:
No, it still won't come to Southampton!
Its currently based in Southampton and will be until Portsmouths completed ;)
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: No, it still won't come to Southampton![/p][/quote]Its currently based in Southampton and will be until Portsmouths completed ;) massimoosti
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