Police set up 200m cordon after ‘suspicious package’ at London skyscraper

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Police have set up a huge cordon around a major London skyscraper after reports of a suspicious package.

The item was discovered at the Heron Tower, the tallest building in the city's financial district.

The skyscraper has been evacuated as a precaution and people are being urged to avoid the area until further notice.

City of London Police tweeted at midday on Monday: "We are currently responding to a report of a suspect package at the Heron Tower, EC2.

"We have set up a 200 metre cordon around the building, closing off roads in the immediate area to traffic and pedestrians.

"Please avoid the area at this time. Updates to follow."

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City of London Police, responsible for law enforcement solely within the financial district, has been contacted for an update on the situation.

The A10 Bishopsgate is closed at A1211 Wormwood Street, and A1211 by Heron Tower is also temporarily closed.

The following buses are all also on diversion due to the incident – 8, 11, 26, 35, 42, 47, 78, 100 133, 135, 149, 205, 344, 388.

Heron Tower is located in Bishopsgate near Liverpool Street station, one of the busiest commuter stations in the city.

Popular restaurant Sushi Samba is located at the base of Heron Tower, while a number of other businesses rent the rest of the building.

It's 230 metres high, making it the third-tallest building in London after The Shard and One Canada Square.

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