City of London Police attended a building in St Martin's Le Grand, near St Paul's, after reports of a suspicious package earlier - but the package has now been deemed non-suspicious.
City streets were closed earlier, as police advised people to avoid the surrounding area. Some shops and businesses in the surrounding area were evacuated, according to reports.
However, the police said: "The item has now been deemed non suspicious and officers are working to clear the incident. Cordons are still currently in place."
We are currently in attendance in St Martin's Le Grand (EC1) following a report of a suspicious package inside a building. Called at 10.23am.— City of London Police (@CityPolice) December 5, 2017
Cordons are in place around the street and people are advised to avoid the surrounding area. More when we have it
St Paul's station was closed due to the investigation, but has now reopened.
✅St Paul's station - Now fully open and trains are stopping as normal.— Central line (@centralline) December 5, 2017
The entire length of St Martin's Le Grand was closed, from London Wall to Cheapside, as well as Newgate Street, between Old Bailey and Cheapside, but have started to reopen as the security alert comes to an end.
In the Square Mile, St Martin's Le Grand is closed for its entire length (from London Wall to Cheapside) due to a police incident.— TfL Traffic News (@TfLTrafficNews) December 5, 2017
In addition to the closure of A1 St Martin's Le Grand, Newgate Street is now closed between Old Bailey and Cheapside. This is due to a police incident. https://t.co/iCdEAsJwsT— TfL Traffic News (@TfLTrafficNews) December 5, 2017
Twitter users posted photos of the scene:
St Martins Le Grand closed now 10:35 pic.twitter.com/9hEs7hOg8G— Tony Brooks (@TonyBrooksZoo1) December 5, 2017
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