The offices of the Financial Times newspaper in London were briefly evacuated because of a “suspicious package” which was found there.
Police cordoned off the building, near Southwark Bridge in central London, after the item was discovered.
Sources at the media company confirmed to Business Insider that they had been asked to leave, and several staffers posted images of the scene to social media.
— George Kyriakos (@KyriakosGeorge) February 16, 2018
Some sort of incident at the FT – three police cars and whole building evacuated pic.twitter.com/vYBcGp1tRN
— Clare Clarke (@ClareAlev) February 16, 2018
Police examined the package and let people back inside after it was deemed not to be a threat after all. The incident lasted around an hour.
London’s Metropolitan Police told Business Insider in a statement: “Police were called at 14:31 hrs on Friday, 16 February to reports of a suspicious package at an office in Southwark Bridge Road, SE1.
“Officers attended examined the package. It was deemed to be non-suspicious at 15:26 hrs.”
What the heck is going on? Southwark Bridge has been closed, and a police corridor. pic.twitter.com/OoAcWYWfyi
— Levent Y. (@leventyalcin) February 16, 2018