Armed police have been stood down after rushing to St Thomas’ Hospital in Westminster to deal with a “security alert”.
Lambeth Metropolitan Police’s twitter feed said earlier: “Police are dealing with a security alert at St Thomas’ Hospital, SE1. We will provide further info when known.”
But they have now said: “The security alert at St Thomas’ Hospital is being stood down. We are in the process of removing cordons.
In a statement, they said: “Police were called at 09:18hrs to St Thomas’ Hospital SE1 following a report of threats made by a male. No weapons were seen. Armed officers attended. Local road closures were put in place. The hospital was not evacuated.
“Officers subsequently located and spoke to a male inside the hospital. The incident was stood down at approximately 10:30hrs. There have been no arrests. This was not treated as a terrorism incident.
Lambeth bridge and Westminster Bridge were closed and police put up a large cordon around the area.
Fire trucks and police cars raced to the scene and a police helicopter is still flying overhead.
This is the hospital where Prime Minister Boris Johnson was treated in intensive care for Coronavirus.
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