By Gerard Grimes
Security alerts involving suspicious packages are being investigated at three major transport hubs in London.
The first incident, at Heathrow Airport, occurred at 9.55am this morning and has now been made safe.
“At approximately 09:55hrs police received a report of a suspicious package at The Compass Centre, Nelson Road, Hounslow.
“The building was evacuated as a precaution. Specialist officers attended and the package was made safe,” Scotland Yard said in a statement.
This is the second incident of its kind at Heathrow this year. Police were called to Terminal 2 of the airport after reports of a suspect package on January 6.
On that occasion, the package – an item of luggage, was assessed by police and the terminal was later reopened.
There are currently two other suspicious packages being investigated, at Waterloo Station and London City Airport.
British Transport Police were called to Waterloo Station at 11.40am this morning following reports of a suspicious package.
Specialist officers are currently on scene, assessing the package. Cordons are in place but train services are operating as normal.
Police were then called to London City Airport Aviation House, Royal Docks, Newham at 12.10pm.
“Specialist officers are at the scene. The building has been evacuated as a precaution. Enquiries are ongoing,” a statement from Met Police read.
A statement from London City Airport read: “We can confirm that the airport is operating as normal, flights are not impacted and the DLR is fully operational.”
Officers are now investigating if the there is a link between the three incidents, but have said it is currently “too early” to say.