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13 October 2020 12:37

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Police have been called to a security incident at St Thomas' hospital in central London, with nearby Westminster Bridge leading to parliament closed to traffic. The alert was being stood down, police said, and road closures in the area were being lifted. They said they would provide more information when it was known. Lambeth police said on Twitter there were no arrests. Officers tweeted on Tuesday morning: "Police were called at 9.18 to St Thomas' hospital SE1 following a report of threats made by a male.

Armed officers attended. "Officers subsequently located and spoke to a male inside the hospital. The man was tracked down and spoken to by officers, but police said there had been no arrests and the alert was not being treated as terror-related. Armed police were scrambled to St Thomas' hospital this morning (Tuesday, October 13), with Westminster Bridge being closed in the process, after a major security alert. Police were called at 9.18am "following a report of threats made by a male".

The Met Police have added, however, that no weapon was seen, with the incident being stood down just over an hour after cordons were placed in surrounding streets. Westminster Bridge was closed in both directions at the height of the scare, and police cars, fire engines and ambulances were pictured surrounding the building. There were reports on social media of people being evacuated from the hospital, including one person who said: "My husband just managed to get out via Evelina [the children's hospital]. "The whole area is taped off and armed police [are at the scene] but [I have] no idea what's actually going on. [It] looks like a big area outside [has been] evacuated too." Another said: "All staff, wards, departments and operating theatres have been locked down inside St Thomas' Hospital.

Despite the numerous reports to the contrary police say that the hospital was not evacuated. Officers found the man who was reported to have made the threats inside the hospital and spoke to him, after which the incident was stood down, at around 10.30pm. There have been no arrests, and it's not being treated as a terrorism incident. The London Fire Brigade confirmed in a statement: "London Fire Brigade was called to assist the Metropolitan Police Service at St Thomas's Hospital. "The Brigade was called at 9.36am and the incident was over for firefighters by 10.41am.

Police today swooped on a London hospital and shut Westminster Bridge after an unarmed man 'made threats' inside the building. However, the Metropolitan Police has since confirmed the security alert was 'stood down'. Officers added the incident was 'not treated as terrorism.' Police today swooped on St Thomas' Hospital in London and shut Westminster Bridge after an unarmed man 'made threats' inside the building. Armed police rushed to St Thomas' Hospital near Waterloo and blocked the busy road in both directions in response to a 'security alert'. Pictured: Armed police outside St Thomas' The note said: 'There is an ongoing security incident at St Thomas' Hospital, as you may already be aware. 'At this time the main entrance and Lambeth Wing entrance have been closed.' Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Palace Road were closed in both directions as police responded to the 'security alert', but the cordon has since been removed. Witnesses claimed armed police had blocked access to the busy hospital, which is next to Westminster Bridge on the south bank of the River Thames. Joe Sheffer said: 'Incident at St Thomas' hospital appears to be in south wing according to staff inside hospital.' He added: 'Nobody seems clear what is going on.' Witnesses claimed 'all staff, wards and departments' inside St Thomas' were 'locked down' at the site, which is near the Palace of Westminster Armed police rushed to St Thomas' Hospital near Waterloo today and have blocked the River Thames crossing in both directions An internal hospital memo seen by MailOnline confirmed the main entrance and Lambeth Wing entrance were closed amid the 'security incident' at St Thomas'. Pictured: The police cordon The alert was a false alarm, the Metropolitan Police has since confirmed. Pictured: Police at the scene Another witness said: 'Something happening at St Thomas' Hospital. Others reported seeing 'ten armed police' officers rushing inside. 'My girlfriend just came out of an appointment there and said she saw ten armed police rushing into it as she was leaving,' a man said. There were suggestions the 'security alert' may have been a bomb threat, with one witness telling the Sun: 'I heard it was a bomb threat and the hospital went into lockdown. Scotland Yard spoke to a man inside the hospital but no arrests were made. Pictured: The scene today Those at the scene added a bomb squad was in attendance, but the Metropolitan Police declined to confirm whether this was the case. In a statement, Lambeth Police said: 'Police were called at 9.18am to St Thomas' Hospital following a report of threats made by a male. 'Officers subsequently located and spoke to a male inside the hospital. The incident was stood down at approximately 10:30am. This was not treated as a terrorism incident.' At 10.07am, the Met tweeted: 'Police are dealing with a security alert at St Thomas' Hospital, SE1. Around 30 minutes later the force added: 'The security alert at St Thomas' Hospital is being stood down. The London Ambulance Service was in attendance but confirmed paramedics 'did not treat any patients.'