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BBC evacuated in central London as 'suspicious vehicle' prompts security alert

Published 01/12/2015 | 15:17

BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place, London Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place, London Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Part of the BBC’s headquarters have been evacuated amid a bomb scare in central London.

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Broadcasting House was among the buildings affected when Portland Place was cordoned off because of reports of a “suspicious vehicle”.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police told The Independent a call was received at shortly after 2pm.

“There is a suspicious vehicle and a full evacuation has taken place,” he added.

Staff have not been allowed to re-enter the buildings as investigations continue.

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

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