Police shut down St Mary’s Axe over security alert


PANIC engulfed the streets and offices surrounding The Gherkin on Tuesday when a bomb disposal team carried out a controlled roadside explosion.

Armed City of London Police officers mobilised at around 11.30am after reports of a suspicious vehicle parked up on St Mary Axe.

A bomb disposal robot was deployed to break into the boot of the unattended silver Ford Focus and perform a controlled blast.


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Police and sniffer dogs inspect the vehicle parked on St Mary’s Axe as workers are locked inside their offices.

Officers later arrested the owner of the vehicle for possession of false identity documents but deemed the vehicle non-suspicious. The lockdown – which cleared local roads but kept staff stuck inside The Gherkin itself – lasted for around an hour-and-a-half, and with streets in the immediate vicinity closed to the public, those affected took to Twitter to try and establish details of the saga.

Fitness blogger Danielle Peazer said: “Well that was an interesting morning being locked inside the gym next to The Gherkin due to a bomb scare.

“Luckily it was a false alarm but huge respect for the bomb squad handling it so amazingly. Be safe London.”