Terror alert in central London as police carry out controlled explosion of suspected car bomb outside Israeli embassy just 100 yards from Kensington Palace
- Police carried out controlled explosion on suspected car bomb in London
- ‘Suspicious vehicle’ was outside Israeli embassy at the time of incident
- Drama unfolded just yards from Kate and Wills’ home of Kensington Palace
- Following explosion emerged package was personal belongings left in car
By Keiligh Baker and Stephanie Linning and Charlie Moore For Mailonline|
A controlled explosion has been carried out on a ‘suspicious package’ left inside a car parked outside the Israeli embassy in central London.
Hundreds of commuters were evacuated from Kensington Palace Gardens and High Street Kensington this evening after a ‘suspicious vehicle’ was discovered outside the embassy.
There were reports of a loud explosion and people running as the incident unfolded.
Following the controlled explosion it turned out the ‘suspicious package’ was in fact personal belongings left in the back of the silver Volkswagen Passat.
Hundreds of commuters were evacuated from Kensington Palace Gardens and High Street Kensington (pictured) this evening after a ‘suspicious vehicle’ was discovered outside the embassy.
A police cordon was set up and dozens of police officers remain at the scene.
A Met Police spokeswoman said: ‘A controlled explosion was carried out after a suspicious vehicle was found parked opposite the Israeli Embassy.’
An eyewitness told MailOnline: ‘There was one car with its rear windshield blown in although the rest seems intact.
‘Around five or six armed officers remain outside the embassy but everyone seems pretty calm.
‘There were a lot more police about half an hour ago – now there’s just one car and one police motorbike.’
A TfL spokesman told MailOnline: ‘A suspect package was found. police have stood down because it was personal belongings.’
It is not known when the suspicious package was first reported.
On Twitter one user wrote: ‘Police everywhere on High Street Kensington. Heard an explosion. People running. Anyone know what’s up?’
Steve Nimmo said: ‘Police lockdown #Wholefoods Kensington with ‘1,000 people inside’. Gridlock. Terror alert?’
The Israeli Embassy is on Palace Green, less than 100m from Kensington Palace, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.