Southwark Street closed due to a police incident

The Holiday Inn hotel was reportedly evacuated as a precaution. Holiday Inn hotel in Southwark Street taken by Kika Kubanova.

Southwark Street was closed both ways between Blackfriars Road and Great Suffolk Street due to a police incident on Monday – 10. 11. 2018 between 3pm – 4pm.

Izabela Barrett, a local shop seller, told JLDN: “I was working on Monday but I didn’t pay much attention, because I work alone. So I was busy. I saw 3 or 4 sniffer dogs and many police cars. I don’t know what happened, but it must’ve been something big, because you don’t see this everyday.”

Another local shop seller told JLDN: “I know what happened, but I won’t say. No one will.”

Johnny Burrow, who was there,  said on Twitter: “Bomb disposal officers now on the scene at Southwark Street. We’ve just been told “if you can see a device, it can see you” and to stay away from windows.”

A Met Police spokesperson told Southwark News: “Police were called to a hotel in Southwark Street at 2:48pm on Monday, 10 December to reports of a suspicious item.”

“A cordon was put in place and the building was evacuated as a precaution.”

“The item has now been declared non-suspicious and the incident has been stood down.”

Police tape was removed just before 4pm and the road was reopened.