Streets near Piccadilly tube station have been evacuated due to a suspicious package
Westminster police said it had cordoned off both Jermyn street and Babmaes streets in Central London.
Police urged shoppers to "leave the area as soon as possible" as they carried out a probe.
There are conflicting reports over the incident, with some reporting a suspicious package, and others a gas leak.
Westminster police tweeted: "We're currently investigating an unattended object on Babmaes St SW1. Jermyn Street is closed at this time."
The area is a tourist hotspot and has upscale bars, restaurants and clubs.
And it comes in the wake of the weekend’s horrific jihadi attack by three men on London Bridge.
We're currently investigating an unattended object on Babmaes St SW1. Jermyn Street is closed at this time. pic.twitter.com/yDFK6FYbaE
— Westminster Police (@MPSWestminster) June 5, 2017
The Capital is still reeling after terrorists rammed a van into pedestrians at high speed on London Bridge, before running into narrow streets buzzing with nightlife in the Borough Market area and stabbing people indiscriminately with long knives.
The attack left seven people dead and 48 injured, of whom 18 were still in a critical condition on Monday. The terrorists were shot dead by armed police.
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Eyewitnesses said that the police were standing guard near the streets in Piccadilly
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Toby Illingworth, a councillor for Buxted and Maresfield Ward in Sussex, tweeted: "Suspicious package on Babmaes Street. Whole road closed and ChannelGroupInt office evacuated."
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Sarah Wellock tweeted: "Not sure what is going on in Piccadilly Circus but we all got shooed off Jermyn Street and now it's cordoned off."
Photos on Twitter show policemen standing guard at the cordoned off street while a police car is stationed on the road.
Westminster police gave an update on the suspicious package in Piccadilly at 6.40pm tweeting: “The incident at Babmaes Street is complete. Irresponsibly placed sound monitoring equipment. Thank you for your patience. #vigilance"
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