Trafalgar Square evacuated by armed police after ‘suspicious item’ found

Trafalgar Square was evacuated by armed police after a “suspicious item” was found.

The popular tourist destination was cordoned off shortly after 2.30pm and Charing Cross Tube station was also closed.

There was a heavy police presence in the area, according to witnesses, as emergency services descended on the scene.

Pictures posted on social media showed a deserted Trafalgar Square as a large part of the area was put on lockdown.

Trafalgar square evacuated

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A Met Police spokeswoman told the Standard: “We were called at 2.40pm to reports of a suspicious item in Duncannon Street.

“We have police in attendance. Cordons are in place and Charing Cross station has been closed as a precaution.”

Trafalgar Square deserted with police cordon around it…

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Police tweeted: “Police called to reports of a suspicious item in Charing Cross. Not being treated as terrorist related at this time. No injuries.”

#TrafalgarSquare cordoned off by police. Not sure as of yet if it’s anything serious.

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The incident was over by 3.40pm, police said.

Ten bus routes had been placed on diversion as people were warned to avoid the area.

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