BBC’s headquarters New Broadcasting House in London’s Oxford Circus area has been evacuated amid a bomb scare.
The Independent reported that Broadcasting House was among the buildings reported to be affected when Portland Place was cordoned off because of reports of a “suspicious vehicle” but journalists later said they were unaffected.
A spokesperson for the London’s Metropolitan Police said that a call was received at shortly after 2pm GMT adding that the alert was now over.
As well as the BBC HQ, the area is also home to the Chinese and Polish embassies, Kenya High Commission and headquarters of organisations including the Royal Institute of British Architects, as well as hotels and schools.
The BBC had moved all its scattered offices from across London to move into newly constructed New Broadcasting House in 2011 as part of cost-cutting exercise and encourage collaborative working. The building now houses staff working for both domestic and international operations.
People have been tweeting about this development:
— Rebecca Hainsworth (@Becca_Lou18) December 1, 2015
Okay, confusion. BBC not evacuated but all people outside (including staff) moved out of the area behind a police cordon some distance away.
— Andrew Wiggins (@alboreto) December 1, 2015
#UPDATE: BBC's New Broadcasting House, nearby buildings evacuated in London due to parked 'suspicious vehicle'
— Or Ravid אוֹר רביד (@OrRavid) December 1, 2015
Great Portland Street closed. Police ushering ppl away from area pic.twitter.com/vAW0Q9ZCF3
— JamesClayton (@JamesClayton5) December 1, 2015
— Ros Atkins (@BBCRosAtkins) December 1, 2015
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