Counter-terror police have said three suspicious packages found near transport hubs across London earlier today were “small improvised explosive devices”.
Officers were called to Waterloo Station, London City Airport and an office building near Heathrow Airport in separate incidents within hours of each other earlier today.
Three A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags were found, the Met Police has now confirmed.
Specialist officers have assessed the packages, which were found to be “small improvised explosive devices”.
Officers say they are treating the incidents as “a linked series” but are “keeping an open mind regarding motives”.
In a statement, the force said: “The Met Police Counter Terrorism Command has launched an investigation after three suspicious packages were received at buildings in London.
“The packages – all A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags – have been assessed by specialist officers to be small improvised explosive devices.
“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.”
Police were first called to The Compass Centre, an office for Heathrow Airport, at 9.55am.
Officers said the package sent there was opened by staff, “causing the device to initiate”, which “resulted in part of the package burning”.
The building was evacuated as a precaution, but no one was injured.
“Specialist officers attended and made the device safe. The building remains closed as enquiries continue. The building is not based at Heathrow Airport, and flights have not been affected by this incident.
A staff building at London City Airport was evacuated as a precaution but the airport tweeted to say there was no impact on flights.
Train services at Waterloo are still running as normal.
Hi there, thanks for tweeting. Earlier today we responded to reports of an incident at a building near the airport boundary. Emergency services attended the incident quickly and staff were evacuated safely.
— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) 5 March 2019
“At approximately 09.55, police received a report of a suspicious package at The Compass Centre, Nelson Road, Hounslow,” the force said of the incident at Heathrow.
“The building was evacuated as a precaution. Specialist officers attended and the package was made safe.
“At approximately 12.10 today, police were called to a report of a suspicious package at London City Airport Aviation House, Royal Docks, Newham.
“Specialist officers are at the scene. The building has been evacuated as a precaution. Enquiries are ongoing.”
ℹ️**INFORMATION** BTP are dealing with an incident at London Waterloo. The station is open and train services are running. A small cordon is in place.
— SWR Help (@SW_Help) March 5, 2019
In a statement about the incident at Waterloo, British Transport Police said: “We were called to Waterloo station at 11.40am today following reports of a suspicious package.
“The item is currently being assessed by specialist teams.
“Cordons are in place, however train services continue to operate as normal at this time.”
South Western Rail have said a small cordon is in place but services are still running.