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CARPET BOMBING: Work stopped at the Broadmead shopping centre in Bristol last week when a piling rig operator thought he'd uncovered an unexploded World War II bomb. The worker raised the alarm when he hit the object and a bomb disposal squad from the Royal Engineers was called in to the Sir Robert McAlpine site. The bomb squad eventually pulled the block free, which turned out to be a harmless lump of concrete with a steel reinforcing bar inside.

The block was part of the foundations of the demolished Allied Carpets building, which stood previously on the site.