Part of the BBC’s headquarters in central London were evacuated amid a bomb scare in central London on Tuesday afternoon.
Offices surrounding the BBC headquarters in Portland Place, London, had been evacuated following a security alert. Reports suggest a suspicious package has been found.
The streets have now been reopened as Scotland Yard confirmed the alert had been cancelled by 3.15pm and that the vehicle was found to be non-suspicious.
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Evacuated from our office and Portland Place and New Cavendish Street cordoned off. What’s happening?? pic.twitter.com/FFMGITE3ck
— Shula hagan (@Shulahagan) December 1, 2015
Staff have not been allowed to re-enter the buildings as investigations continue.
BREAKING New Broadcasting House being evacuated pic.twitter.com/LqrMRovmSv
— JamesClayton (@JamesClayton5) December 1, 2015
The Independent reports that as well as the BBC, Portland Place is home to the Chinese and Polish embassies, Kenya High Commission and headquarters of organisations including the Royal Institute of British Architects, as well as hotels and schools.