London Bridge station evacuated as armed police storm train in ’emergency’

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London Bridge train station was evacuated by police with "multiple helicopters" seen hovering over the transport hub on Wednesday.

British Transport Police (BTP) say they were called to the station at 12.33pm on April 21 following reports of a suspicious item onboard a train.

One Twitter user wrote: "Strange scenes at London. The police are everywhere evacuating the station and forcing people off the platforms.

"Londoners typically demanding the police to tell them why they can’t get a train to where they want to get to. Multiple helicopters in the sky above."

Another person reported seeing armed police at the scene, while others have also spotted sniffer dogs.

"The amount of people standing around asking questions not leaving!? Just run man!" a third Twitter user wrote.

Another person claimed on Twitter that the package "had been discovered on platforms 4/5".

A British Transport Police spokesperson said: "Officers were called to London Bridge station at 12.33pm today following reports of a suspicious item on board a train.

"The station has been closed as a precaution while specialist officers assess the item.

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"Thank you for your patience while we respond."

BTP confirmed at 1.47pm that the station would be reopened.

In a statement, they said: "Specialist officers have now assessed the item as non-suspicious, and the station will be reopening."

Trains have been told not to stop at London Bridge and disruption is expected until around 3pm.

In a statement, National Rail said on its website: "Emergency services are dealing with an incident in the London Bridge area.

"Consequently, trains are currently unable to call at this station and all lines are blocked. Trains will be amended to not call at this station and divert where possible.

"Major disruption is expected until approximately 3pm."

Southeastern customers are advised they can use their tickets on London Underground services via any reasonable route at no extra cost.

Most Thameslink services that would normally run through London Bridge will be diverted to London Blackfriars via Herne Hill, so no trains will call at the station until further notice.

Luton to Rainham services will be terminated early, or cancelled. Thameslink is in the process of setting up a train shuttle between Rainham and Dartford, and will update you when this is in place.

Southern services will be diverted to London Victoria where possible. Otherwise, they will be cancelled or terminated earlier in their journey.

Tickets can be used at no extra cost on London Buses via any reasonable route, London Underground via any reasonable route, mutually on Thameslink and Southern services via any reasonable route, Southeastern services via any reasonable route and South Western Railway between Wimbledon and London Waterloo.

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