London Financial District on Lockdown

Posted on November 28, 2017

Police arrest driver over fake ID papers after locking down City workers in London’s Gherkin tower as they sent robot to invesigate suspicious car

  • Armed police seal off streets in the heart of London’s financial district
  • ‘Suspicious’ Ford Focus outside cafe is examined by bomb disposal robot
  • Workers inside the iconic building were pictured shut in stairwells during alert 
  • Police have declared the scene safe but arrested man over separate suspicions 

Workers in London’s famous ‘Gherkin’ building were shut into stairwells today when a suspicious car sparked a major security alert.

Streets around the iconic skyscraper, real name 30 St Mary Axe, were emptied and bomb disposal experts were drafted in to examine a suspicious Ford Focus.

A robot was used to examine the car, which was later declared safe, but a man was arrested on suspicious having false documents.

City of London Police tweeted at 11:53am: ‘We are currently in attendance in St Mary Axe (EC3) following a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on the street.

‘Road closures are currently in place in the surrounding area and people are advised to find different routes.’

The cordon was later lifted and police said the car had been found to be safe. A man was however arrested over a separate alleged offence.

A spokesman said: ‘We can confirm all road closures in the area surrounding St Mary Axe (EC3) have been lifted and the vehicle has been deemed non-suspicious.

‘The driver of the vehicle has been arrested for possession of false identity documents.’

The alert comes just days after an evacuation of Oxford Circus Underground station sparked panic in central London.

Shoppers ran in fear as teams of armed police were called in following reports of shooting which were thought to have been sparked by a fight in the tube station.

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