Whitehall evacuated as bomb disposal experts blow up "suspicious package" in phone box

7 June 2022, 12:47 | Updated: 7 June 2022, 14:39

Whitehall closed due to suspicious package
Whitehall closed due to suspicious package. Picture: Getty

By StephenRigley

A safety cordon was set up in Whitehall before a controlled explosion was carried out on a package inside a phone box.

A police cordon was place around the scene in Westminster, close to the Cenotaph, Downing Street, the MoD and Northern Estate of Parliament.Whitehall was restricted at both ends by officers, while witnesses say a controlled explosion took place inside a phone box.

Police say the item proved to be non-suspicious and the road has since been reopened.

A Met spokesman: "Road closures and cordons are being lifted after a suspicious package was dealt with at Parliament Street, Westminster.

"The item was found to be non suspicious. We thank the public for their co-operation while we dealt with the item."