Portcullis House evacuated after 'suspicious package' discovered in Houses of Parliament

Metropolitan police were unable to confirm any further details surrounding the evacuation

Portcullis House in the Houses of Parliament has been evacuated after a “suspicious package” was found, triggering a security alert.

However, following an investigation a Met police spokesperson confirmed to The Independent that although an evacuation of part of the British parliament had taken place as a result of a “suspicious package”, the package had later been confirmed as "non-suspicious" and the security alert had been "stepped down".

ITV News reported seeing a large police presence outside the building.

Bridge St, Westminster Bridge and Victoria Embankment to Northumberland Avenue were all closed to traffic as a result, but have now reopened as of 10.30am.

Portcullis House is a block of offices opposite the Houses of Parliament. It sits above Westminster station, which remains closed.

The security level was raised in August to the second-highest level due to risks posed by Isis fighters returning to Britain.

Last month Canadian reservist soldier Nathan Cirillo was killed by Islamic convert 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who had been identified by the Canadian government as 'high risk', in the Ottawa parliament.

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