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Security alert as police lock down central London streets

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The City of London Police confirmed in a statement that its officers were responding to reports of a “suspicious package”.

A cordon has been established around Mansion House in the Walbrook ward.

This is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London.

The cordon has resulted in a number of nearby roads being temporary closed off.

The CLP said: “We are currently dealing with a report of a suspicious package at Mansion House.

“There are significant road closures affecting: Queen Victoria St, Queen St, Princes St, Lothbury [and] Threadneedle St.

“We will provide further updates [when possible].”

Times journalist Stéphanie Bosset, reporting from the scene, wrote in a post on Twitter that “police vehicles keep arriving”.

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She added: “Have walked into a very large cordoned-off area in the Bank. Officers calling it a ‘security alert’.

“Avoid the area.”

Transport for London soon after provided an update, advising travellers using its services of temporary changes.

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“The others are all closed at the request of the police.”

In a later update, TfL said the station had been closed altogether “due to a security alert at street level”.

CLP Chief Inspector Nikki Gander said: “Officers were called to a report of a suspicious package near Mansion House at 10.06am this morning.

“This is currently being investigated and precautionary cordons and road closures have been put in place.”

More to follow.

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