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Whitehall evacuated over reports of suspicious package
18 October 2019, 15:46
Whitehall in central London has been evacuated over reports of a suspicious package.
Met police said they were called to the scene 3pm this afternoon.
A spokesperson said: "Specialist officers are in attendance and the vicinity is cordoned off while officers access the package. A cordon is in place. "
Government passholders are being permitted to cross the police cordon.
The nearby Westminster Bridge has also been shut after an Extinction Rebellion protester began a free solo climb of Big Ben.
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