Number 10 on lockdown as armed police swarm Westminster street

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Number 10 is on lockdown as armed police swarm on a Westminster street. Members of the Metropolitan Police are responding to reports of a “suspicious package”.

They were called out shortly before midday, by which time a cordon had been established, closing off Parliament Street.

Londoners have been told to avoid the area while the investigation is ongoing.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that “specialist officers” had been called in to assess the “suspicious package”.

This read: “Police were called at 11.42am on Tuesday, October 18, to reports of a suspicious package in Whitehall.

“Officers are in attendance and a cordon is in place as a precaution.

“The item will be assessed by specialist officers.

“Please avoid the area.”

Ben Bloch, journalist at the Jewish Chronicle, also reported that the Westminster street was “being evacuated”.

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