A British consultant has won a UN contract to clear explosives in Lebanon next year.

BACTEC International, which has removed unexploded Second World War bombs from the Thames Gateway and A2/M25 Junction, beat off international competition for the job.

The firm has been clearing unexploded munitions from Lebanon since 2001.

More than 200 employees will be deployed across south Lebanon, where explosives such as cluster bombs are concealed in rocks, orange plantations and olive groves.

Guy Lucas, the international managing director, said: “We’re delighted to continue our post-conflict work in Lebanon.”