Mine clearance operations at the former HMS Daedalus Royal Naval Air Base at Lee-on-Solent are today set to move into their third week.

Army experts have already had to deal with a live explosive which meant that the evacuation arrangements had to be extended into a second day.

The five-week operation to remove 20 Second World War pipe mines is one of the biggest mine clearances ever seen in the county.

A Hampshire County Council spokesman said it was all systems go again today when, as on previous Mondays, there will be the usual 750-metre exclusion zone.

It will be from 9.30 am to 4pm with evacuation centres at the Lee-on-Solent Community Centre or Crofton Community Centre at Stubbington.

Residents are allowed to stay in their homes as long as they remain indoors all day and do not wander into the exclusion zone.

The mines were planted at the airfield during the Second World War so that it could be destroyed if there was a German invasion.