Parliament evacuated after bomb scare

Part of parliament has been evacuated after a bomb scare.

Streets surrounding the buildings were cordoned off on Monday morning after a suspicious package was found in Portcullis House, which houses the offices of MPs.

Bridge Street, Westminster Bridge and Victoria Embankment to Northumberland Avenue were all closed to traffic and MPs were forced to evacuate.

But following an investigation, the Metropolitan police declared the package in question was not dangerous. A spokesman said: “It has been declared non-suspicious – everything has been stood down.”

Photographs posted on social media showed streets outside parliament, usually busy with commuters and tourists, deserted save for police cars and officers.

Powered by article was written by Haroon Siddique, for The Guardian on Monday 17th November 2014 10.58 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010