Croydon bomb scare sees George Street evacuated

George Street was closed during the alert (file picture) Pic: Phil Beard/Flickr

Scores of people in Croydon were evacuated yesterday after a suspect package was investigated on George Street around 5.30pm. 

The scare saw emergency services rush to clear people from the surrounding area with trams suspended between Reeves Corner and East Croydon. 

Croydon police confirmed later that there was no threat, tweeting that “cordons had been removed and the incident had stood down”.

The UK have recently moved their terror threat level from “substantial to “severe” which has meant that an attack has been predicted to be very likely.  

These precautions follow Monday’s terrorist attack in the Austrian capital of Vienna where an incident saw a total of four people murdered.  

In France three people were killed in a Nice church last week while teacher Samuel Paty last month was decapitated. 

Priti Patel the Home Secretary announced the decision to be a “precautionary measure following the terrible incidents we’ve seen in France last week and the events we saw in Austria last night”. 

Recommendations and decisions were also made by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC an organisation part of MI5) to increase the risk threat within the UK.

The public have been advised to report anything they deem as suspicious or concerning to police services.

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