Armed police swooped on St Thomas’s hospital and shut Westminster Bridge after unarmed man ‘made threats’ – as Met says incident was NOT terrorism
- St Thomas’s Hospital in London was ‘locked down’ amid a ‘security alert’ today
- Police have since removed the cordon and confirmed the alert was a ‘false alarm’
- Witnesses claimed officers had blocked access to hospital as nearby roads shut
Police today swooped on a London hospital and shut Westminster Bridge after an unarmed man ‘made threats’ inside the building.
Armed police rushed to St Thomas’ Hospital near Waterloo and blocked the London crossing in both directions following reports of ‘threats made by a male.’
Witnesses claimed ‘all staff, wards and departments’ inside St Thomas’s were ‘locked down’ at the site, which is near the Palace of Westminster.
However, the Metropolitan Police has since confirmed the ‘security alert’ was a false alarm. Officers added the incident was ‘not treated as terrorism.’
No arrests were made and there were no reports of injuries.
A ‘security alert’ at a London hospital has been stood down after armed police put the building on lockdown and shut Westminster Bridge. Pictured: The scene
Police rushed to St Thomas’ Hospital near Waterloo today and blocked the River Thames crossing in both directions due to a ‘security alert’. Pictured: Armed police outside St Thomas’s
Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Palace Road were closed to traffic in both directions amid the incident, but the cordon has since been removed.
Witnesses claimed officers had blocked access to St Thomas’ Hospital as those inside the building were ‘locked down’.
NBC producer Joe Sheffer said: ‘Incident at St Thomas’ hospital appears to be in south wing according to staff inside hospital.’
He added: ‘Nobody seems clear what is going on.’
Another witness said: ‘Something happening at St Thomas’ Hospital. My partner who works in cardiac has been evacuated upstairs, anyone know what going on?
‘Nobody allowed in and out of the hospital.’
Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Palace Road were closed to traffic in both directions amid the incident, which took place near to the Palace of Westminster
‘Armed police’ rushed to St Thomas’ Hospital near Waterloo today and have blocked the River Thames crossing in both directions
Witnesses claimed officers had blocked access to St Thomas’ Hospital as those inside the building were ‘locked down’. Pictured: The police cordon
The alert was a false alarm, the Metropolitan Police has since confirmed. Pictured: Police at the scene
Others reported seeing ‘ten armed police’ officers rushing into the hospital.
‘My girlfriend just came out of an appointment there and said she saw 10 armed police rushing into it as she was leaving,’ one man said.
Lambeth Police said: ‘Police were called at 9.18am to St Thomas’ Hospital following a report of threats made by a male. No weapons were seen.
‘Officers subsequently located and spoke to a male inside the hospital. The incident was stood down at approximately 10:30am.
‘There have been no arrests. This was not treated as a terrorism incident.’
Police did not confirm details of the incident when contacted by MailOnline but said there were no reports of injuries. Pictured: The scene today