Popular London tourist destination, Trafalgar Square was evacuated by police after a bomb scare. London authorities noticed a suspicious looking package, and shut down Trafalgar Square and a nearby train station, Charing Cross Tube Station.
The station and square was reopened later in the day, after police were able to confirm that there was no credible threat. London has been on high alert as terrorists keep attacking in different parts of the country.
With the UK’s large Muslim population, police are receiving tips and scares everywhere. The city is not afraid to be hyper vigilant after recent events.
The cordon was later lifted and the station reopened after officers were stood down.
Police were already on heightened alert today as millions of people vote in the General Election between 7am and 10pm across the country.
The incident also comes five days after three attackers killed eight people by driving a van at pedestrians and then stabbing people in London Bridge on Saturday night.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Specialist officers are in attendance and cordons are in place. As a precaution Charing Cross train station has been closed.’
Later, its Twitter account added: ‘Police called to reports of a suspicious item in Charing Cross. Not being treated as terrorist related at this time. No injuries.’
And a further tweet said: ‘The incident in Charing Cross has now been stood down. Cordons will be lifted shortly.’
Earlier, Transport for London tweeted: ‘Charing Cross Road is closed northbound between Trafalgar Square and Cranbourn Street due to a police incident.’
And the TfL Bus Alerts account added: ‘Routes 6, 9, 11, 15, 23, 24, 29, 91, 139, 176 are subject to diversion and delays due to a police incident at Charing Cross Road WC2.’