Whitehall evacuated over reports of suspicious package

18 October 2019, 15:46

Whitehall has been evacuated
Whitehall has been evacuated. Picture: Getty

By Kate Buck

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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