17/07/2015 11:51 BST | Updated 17/07/2015 12:59 BST

Tower Bridge Bomb Alert Sees Surrounding Area Evacuated

Tower Bridge and the surrounding area was brought to a standstill on Friday afternoon following a suspicious package alert.

Pictures posted on Twitter showed streets near the iconic London bridge completely deserted.

The Metropolitan Police's Southwark division said: "We are currently dealing with a potential suspect package near #TowerBridge. The bridge is currently closed to vehicles and pedestrians."

Police cars and helicopters were in attendance at the scene.

But not long afterwards, the bridge was reopened to the public.