Ex­plo­sion as hun­dreds evac­u­ated

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST [email protected]­

HUN­DREDS of of­fice work­ers were evac­u­ated at Ca­nary Wharf as a bomb squad used a ro­bot to det­o­nate a sus­pi­cious pack­age.

Peo­ple took to Twit­ter to claim they heard ex­plo­sions go­ing off around the South Quay area yes­ter­day.

It was re­ported three sus­pi­cious pack­ages were found at a nearby Pret cof­fee shop.

Met Police clar­i­fied that only one pack­age was found and it was deemed non sus­pi­cious.

Road clo­sures were in place around Har­bour Ex­change – near the East Lon­don fi­nan­cial district – while the pack­age was as­sessed, the Metropoli­tan Police said in a state­ment.

One Twit­ter user who was at the scene wrote: “Police push­ing peo­ple back fur­ther af­ter sus­pi­cious pack­ages found in Ca­nary Wharf near South Quay DLR.

“Police have been on scene for over an hour now with nearby build­ings evac­u­ated.”

An­other wrote: “First day back at work and we’re shut in the of­fice due to a bomb scare in South Quay/Ca­nary Wharf.”

A Met Police spokesman said: “We were called at 1.19pm to re­ports of a pack­age being found at Har­bour Ex­change Square in the E14 area of Ca­nary Wharf. The one pack­age that was found was deemed non sus­pi­cious.”

Police de­clined to an­swer what was in the pack­age.

Ca­nary Wharf Group said: “We are aware that the Metropoli­tan Police are con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the area of South Quay.

“As a pre­cau­tion they have asked us to close the South Quay Foot­bridge.

“There is no im­pact to the rest of the Ca­nary Wharf Es­tate.”

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