Downing Street on lockdown as police flood Whitehall over ‘suspicious package’

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    Downing Street was put on lockdown for a short period of time today after a suspicious package was reported.

    Photos and video from the scene showed police closing the area down while an investigation took place.

    No confirmation as to what the package was has been made yet.

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    Protestor Steve Bray, who is always in the area, tweeted: "Suspect device at Downing Street.

    "We've been moved off the island until it's cleared."

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was not in residence at the time, as he is currently in the United States.

    Metropolitan Police's Westminster branch confirmed the incident, which also saw the Cabinet Office and Downing Street evacuated.

    They tweeted: "Road closures are in place around Whitehall while officers assess a suspicious package.

    "We were called at 12:13hrs and remain in the area."

    The chaos didn't last long, however, as Met Police confirmed minutes later that the situation was "all stood down".

    The short event didn't stop people on Twitter poking fun at the chaos, however, as many took guesses as to what the package was.

    One tweeted: "Is it a fully costed dossier of Labour policies?"

    While a second commented: "It actually turned out to be Boris Johnson, but he's so rarely seen in Whitehall these days nobody recognised him."

    And a third wrote: "It was a strange way for Boris to give his WhatsApp messages."

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    The latest lockdown comes just one week after a car crashed into the barriers outside No 10.

    Video from the scene showed police officers surrounding a vehicle that had managed to pass the first set of barriers guarding the Prime Minister's residence, and an apparently middle-aged man being led away in handcuffs.

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had reportedly been working from Downing Street that afternoon (May 25), but a police convoy with motorcycle outriders left Downing Street by the back entrance very shortly after the car crashed into the gate at the front.

    The only significant terrorist attack on Downing Street took place on February 7, 1991.

    IRA operatives fired three homemade mortar shells in an attempt to assassinate then-Prime Minister John Major and his cabinet, who were meeting at 10 Downing Street to discuss the Gulf War.

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