London's iconic Gherkin placed on lockdown as bomb disposal police examine suspicious vehicle
City of London Police have arrested the driver for possession of false documents. Images on social media show a bomb disposal robot approaching a grey car and opening its trunk.
Police cordoned off the area and advised commuters to find alternative routes. Transport for London (TfL) said Bishopsgate at the junction with Camomile Street was closed as officers investigated.
St Mary Axe on lock down due to mysterious car being left with its lights on, please avoid this area.— Slug St Mary Axe (@SlugStMaryAxe) November 28, 2017
We aren’t sure of when we will be back open as of yet, stay tuned for further details.#StaySafe
A number of businesses in the area were put on lockdown.
A spokesman for City of London Police told the Evening Standard: “The City of London Police is currently in attendance in St Mary Axe following a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on the street. The incident was reported to us at 11.32am on Tuesday and officers are on scene awaiting the arrival of specialist units.”
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.— City of London Police (@CityPolice) November 28, 2017
The driver of the vehicle has been arrested for possession of false identity documents.
Police confirm all road closures around St Mary Axe have now been lifted after being cordoned off following reports of the suspicious vehicle.