Counter-terror police are investigating three packages containing explosives found at Heathrow Airport, London City Airport and Waterloo station. The “improvised explosive devices” were found in A4 postal bags, the Metropolitan Police said. The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is treating it as a “linked series” and “keeping an open mind regarding motives.”
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London security alerts: Heathrow, Waterloo and City Airport devices were bombs, terror police say
Police ask transport hubs across London to be vigilant amid concern there could be other devices
By: Lizzie Dearden, The Independent, March 5, 2019:
Suspicious packages found at Heathrow Airport, London City Airport and Waterloo railway station were parcel bombs, police say.
Counterterror officers are investigating the three devices as linked following a series of evacuations on Tuesday.
One of the packages was opened by office staff at Heathrow Airport and burst into flame, but police said no one was injured.
Scotland Yard has not ruled out the existence of other bombs, and has issued advice to transport hubs across London “to be vigilant for and report suspicious packages to police”.
“The packages – all A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags – have been assessed by specialist officers to be small improvised explosive devices,” a spokesperson said.
“These devices, at this early stage of the investigation, appear capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened.
“The Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is treating the incidents as a linked series and is keeping an open mind regarding motives.”
Photos of two of the parcels appeared to show identical packages addressed by hand, in the same handwriting and using the same pen and same stamps.
Police called to Waterloo station after reports of suspicious package
Officers were first called to reports of a suspicious package at The Compass Centre, an office building in the grounds of Heathrow Airport, shortly before 10am.
The package was opened by staff at the building, causing the device to initiate and burst into flames, but no one was injured.
Police said the building was evacuated as a precaution and specialist officers “made the device safe”. The building remains closed as enquiries continue and flights at Heathrow have not been affected.
The second device was reported at 11.40am, when British Transport Police were called to investigate a suspicious package in the post room at Waterloo railway station.
Police officers secure the scene at Waterloo =
The package was not opened and no one was injured. Police made the device safe and have cordoned off a small area outside the stations, with trains continuing to run.
The third device was reported at 12.10pm at offices at Civil Aviation House, an office building next to London City Airport in east London.
The package was not opened but staff were evacuated as a precaution as officers made the device safe. The building has been reopened.
As a precaution, DLR train services to London City Airport were suspended but are now fully operational, and flights were not affected.
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