08/06/2017 15:40 BST

Trafalgar Square Evacuated After Police Find 'Suspicious Package'

Charring Cross Tube station closed.

Armed police evacuated people from London’s Trafalgar Square on Thursday after finding a “suspicious item”.

The tourist hotspot has been cordoned off and nearby Charing Cross Tube station has been closed. 

Metropolitan Police said that specialist officers were in attendance and that the tube station had been closed as a “precaution”.

Police confirmed on Twitter shortly after 3.30pm that officers had stood down and the cordons would be removed “shortly”.

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