A stolen BMW with Belgian licence plates sparked a security alert in central London on Saturday.
Three men were arrested after police, with helicopters, ambulances and a fire engine all attending, evacuated a busy London thoroughfare.
Blackfriars Road and St George’s Circus were closed to the public as officers cordoned off the area and appeared to be warning nearby residents to “stay away from the windows”.
A Metropolitan police spokesperson said closures were due to a vehicle being stopped at the junction between the two roads.
“The occupants of the vehicle - three men - were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle,” the spokesperson told The Independent. “They currently remain in custody at a south London police station.”
Police advising restaurant staff and customers to keep away from Windows at St George's Circus pic.twitter.com/yrHNsMXhhy— London SE1 (@se1) November 21, 2015
Armed police and closures at more than three separate roads at #Blackfriars. Police still declining to explain why. Ambulance also on scene— Charlie Cuff (@CharlieBCuff) November 21, 2015
Pictures from the scene appeared to show the car, a silver BMW, had Belgian licence plates.
Following the arrests, traffic is now moving again along Waterloo Road, as St George's Circus and Blackfriars had have reopened.
It follows a week of heightened security after multiple terror attacks in Paris killed 130 people. A number of the perpetrators of the attack – which was claimed by Isis – have been identified as Belgian citizens.
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