Kensington High Street evacuated in bomb scare

One of the best known high streets in the world has been evacuated after a suspicious bag was reported.
Emergency services cleared shops in Kensington High Street, London, telling staff and customers to leave as quickly as possible while Metropolitan Police officers closed off a large section of the road.
Shoppers have taken to social media to post images of an eerily deserted street at a time when people are usually leaving work, or heading out to bars and restaurants for an early evening meal.
One Twitter user said the whole area had been placed on “lockdown”.
The evacuation comes as London remains on high alert because of the ever present threat of terror attacks. It is just days after counter terror police officers shut down a tube station in the capital because of bomb fears.
In this latest scare, police closed off a major section of road, at the junction with Kensington Church Street from 6.20pm to just before 8pm. The usually busy section of street affected was close to the Israeli Embassy.
Officers investigated the package, which has now been ruled not to be suspicious.
Many commuters panicked, fearing that they were in danger but one waiter at a local restaurant, played down the incident. He said: “The police came in and asked us to leave because they’d found a suspicious bag. They said it was just standard procedure.
Following the incident, Kensington and Chelsea police tweeted: “Thank you for your patience whilst we dealt with an unattended bag left in a restaurant on #Kensington High St. Found to be non-suspicious.”
The incident shows just how seriously any potential threat is treated in a capital city which has already been the victim of serious terror attacks.
This latest scare follows the evacuation of Moorgate tube station as police were called to reports of a suspicious bag found on a train.
Police surrounded the tube station amid the bomb scare, with a Transport for London spokesman confirming that the station had been emptied as a precaution because of an unattended bag found on a train.
However, again using Twitter to communicate latest messages to the public, the British Transport Police said: “Item found at Moorgate station has been looked at by officers and is not suspicious.”
In another incident in North Greenwich the previous week, a package was destroyed in a controlled explosion.

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