01/05/2014 06:23 BST | Updated 01/05/2014 06:59 BST

London's Canary Wharf In Lockdown Over Reported Bomb Scare, Police Confirm 'False Alarm' (PICTURES)


London's Canary Wharf business district was put on lockdown following reports of a suspicious package Thursday morning.

Met Police officers were called to London's financial district at 9am after it was alleged a package was found in Churchill Place, beside the skyscraper housing Barclays Bank HQ.

Witnesses described being told to stay in nearby buildings amid reports of a controlled explosion taking place.

Officers confirmed they sent a bomb disposal squad to investigate the package just after 9am - but it turned out to be a false alarm.

Witnesses tweeted pictures of a bomb disposal robot and empty streets at the scene: