North Korean Embassy Evacuated Over Suspicious Item: Reports
A suspicious package prompted evacuations near the North Korean Embassy in London, according to reports on Monday evening, Sept.25.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that they were called about a “suspicious item” before 8 p.m. local time, The Independent reported.
Police blocked off roads, evacuated homes, and then carried out a controlled demolition at 9:30 p.m.
The package was found to be non-threatening.
Ambulances were also called to the scene. It’s unclear if there were any injuries.
The North Korean Embassy is located within a “seven bedroom suburban house once owned by Carry On actor Sid James, The Independent reported.
The home was bought by Pyongyang in 2003 for 1.3 million pounds ($1.75 million).
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The Daily Mail, meanwhile, reported that it was a backpack that police blew up.
“Police were called on Monday, Sept.25, to a report of a suspicious item at 7.52 p.m. outside an address in Gunnersbury Ave,” a Metropolitan police representative told the paper.
North Korea’s embassy in London is in lockdown & houses next door evacuated. Police on scene due to suspicious package. pic.twitter.com/K8pbFVjyHX
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“Officers attended along with other emergency services. Road closures were put in place and nearby properties were evacuated as a precaution.”
“’A controlled explosion took place at 9.28 p.m. The item was found to be non-suspicious.”