UK Parliament evacuated after false bomb alarm
Portcullis House and the roads surrounding Westminster were closed yestarday after a suspicious package was found.
Part of the UK legislature had been evacuated following an iPad owned by a minister’s aide triggered a bomb distress.
Roads near the buildings in central London were fenced off on Monday morning following a dubious package was discovered in Portcullis House, containing MPs’ offices.
Bridge Street, Westminster Bridge and Victoria Embankment to Northumberland Avenue were blocked to traffic and MPs were obligated to exit the building.
After an investigation, the Metropolitan police announced the package involved wasn’t hazardous. A spokesman stated: “It’s been declared non-suspicious – all things have been stood down.”
Conservative MP Nick Boles, minister of state jointly for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education, later on disclosed that the distress was in fact the result of a tablet pc owned by his freshly recruited trainee.
He tweeted: “a thrilling start to my apprentice’s first day at parliament: the whole of Portcullis House evacuated cos [sic] of security scare over his iPad!”
Photos published on social media revealed roads outside parliament, normally busy with travelers and commuters, abandoned apart from law enforcement vehicles and police officers.