Westminster in London on lockdown as bomb squad rush to area

Police have closed off roads around Parliament after a suspect package was received.

Officers taped off streets around Portcullis House, the large building opposite Big Ben which houses many MPs’ offices, this afternoon.

A bomb inspection robot has been seen going along the embankment road, which is also home to the Met Police’s headquarters Scotland Yard.

A police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at approximately 15:39hrs on Wednesday, 17 October to reports of a suspicious package at Embankment Gardens, SW1.

‘Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade are in attendance. Cordons and road closures have been put in place. Enquiries continue.’

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