Residents inside a cordon where an unexploded Second World War bomb was discovered have been allowed to return to their homes.

Metropolitan Police said the residents were being assisted back to their properties while road closures and cordons around the discovery site in Bermondsey, south-east London, had been lifted.

The unexploded device has been defused and is currently in transit to Kent where it will be destroyed, police said.

A spokesman added: "Officers thank those living, working and visiting the area for their patience and cooperation throughout this incident."

Army bomb disposal experts were called to the scene yesterday after the 1,000lb (454kg) weapon was discovered.

The incident resulted in some transport delays, while residents living within 200 metres of the site were evacuated today. Those within 100 metres of the site had been ordered to leave their homes yesterday.