- Central London streets were locked down in an apparent bomb scare.
- A lone silver car was seen parked opposite London’s Gherkin building.
- Armed officers and what appeared to be a bomb disposal robot attended.
- Police have since given the all-clear and arrested the driver over his ID.
Streets around the Gherkin skyscraper in the centre of London were locked down in an apparent bomb scare centred on a suspicious vehicle.
Police officers ordered people off of the streets around the building shortly before midday Tuesday, and ordered workers in surrounding buildings to stay inside. It was later determined that the area was safe.
The incident was seemingly sparked by a lone silver car, with blinking hazard lights, which was seen parked in a restricted area next to a Pret A Manger shop on St Mary Axe, opposite the Gherkin.
A device that looked like a bomb disposal robot inspected the vehicle, while armed officers attended the scene.
City of London Police arrested the driver of the vehicle, for possession of false identity documents, but deemed that the vehicle was ultimately not a threat.
Witnesses filmed the investigation as it unfolded.
One shows the robot investigating:
Another shows an armed officer standing guard:
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City of London Police later re-opened the streets and allowed workers to leave their buildings.
In a tweeted statement, they said:
“We can confirm all road closures in the area surrounding St Mary Axe (EC3) have been lifted and the vehicle has been deemed non-suspicious.
“The driver of the vehicle has been arrested for possession of false identity documents.”
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