Suspect package at Whitehall in London: Police clear area

London police say they have removed a suspicious package from the Whitehall district of the English capital. A road near Parliament was closed while the mysterious object was removed.

London’s Metropolitan Police closed a road near Parliament in the Whitehall district on Friday while investigating and removing a suspicious package.

“Specialist officers are in attendance and the vicinity is cordoned off while officers access the package,” the Metropolitan Police wrote on Twitter.

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MPS Westminster

@MPSWestminster

Police are on #Whitehall after a report of a suspicious package on at 15:01hrs this afternoon.

Specialist officers are in attendance and the vicinity is cordoned off while officers access the package.

A cordon is in place. Updates to follow.

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Police later announced that the situation appeared to be back to normal.

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MPS Westminster

@MPSWestminster

Police have removed a suspicious package from #Whitehall.

Specialist officers attended and made the package safe after they were informed at 15:01hrs.

The cordon has now been lifted.

Enquiries continue.

The public are thanked for their patience.

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The Whitehall street in the Westminster district is seen as the base of the British government and is lined with several different ministries. The name Whitehall is also used to refer colloquially to the British civil service.

The Reuters news agency and people at the scene also reported a person climbing up scaffolding near the base of the Big Ben tower at Parliament, but did not immediately link the ascent to the package.

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