Parliament evacuated due to suspicious package

 
Billy Ehrenberg
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The Houses of Parliament was evacuated just before 1.00pm after a scare. (Source: Getty)

The Houses of Parliament were evacuated this lunch time after police were alerted to a suspicious package found near the x-ray machines just before 1.00 pm.

Although the package turned out to be benign, that didn't stop traffic grinding to a halt as officers cordoned off Parliament Square. Police called off the security alert after examining the package.

Although the alert has been officially "stood down", the Evening Standard is reporting the package did contain a "device", but no further details are available at this time.

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