Whitehall evacuated as police carry out controlled explosion of suspicious package

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Whitehall evacuated as police carry out controlled explosion of suspicious package

Police have reopened Whitehall after an evacuation over reports of a suspicious package.

Officers had established cordons at Parliament Street as they responded to reports of a possible suspicious package. The item was detonated in a controlled explosion and was later deemed to be non-suspicious.

A spokesperson for the Met told the Standard: “Police were called at 11:27hrs on Tuesday, 7 June to reports of a suspicious package found at Parliament Street.

London: Whitehall evacuation

“A controlled explosion of the item took place. The item was found to be non suspicious. Safety cordons and closures have been lifted.”

One journalist said: “We’re all being escorted out the back of Downing Street. Whitehall closed down by police while they investigate a suspicious package”.

Police brought a bomb disposal robot to the scene, and firefighters were also present.

Witnesses at the scene reported hearing the “loud bang” of a controlled explosion.

One worker who was evacuated from his office, told the Standard: “I saw police outside the office and they were moving people away from a rucksack left in a phonebox. We were all told go back inside and then leave by the back.”

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