Met police rush to central London and shut four main bridges

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The Metropolitan Police have closed four bridges in Central London this morning while they deal with a 'unattended item'.

Officers had earlier evacuated Waterloo East causing massive rail disruption across the network.

A brief statement from the Met said: "A number of bridges in central London have been closed as a precaution while officers assess an unattended item in the vicinity of South Bank.

"They are: Westminster Bridge, Waterloo Bridge and Hungerford and Golden Jubilee footbridges."

The London Fire Brigade has confimed to the Daily Star that they have a fire engine on standby on Waterloo Bridge.

Meanwhile, Southeastern rail said that trains can’t run between London Bridge and London Charing Cross ‘due to a security alert’.

Pictures from the scene showed a large police cordon erected on York Road.

While police investigate the item, everyone in the area has been evacuated.

Meanwhile, the Southbank was completely evacuated from the IMAX to St Thomas.

Some people have taken to social media to express their frustrations.

One said: "This is mad, the whole of Waterloo is being evacuated- wtf is going on and why have I gotta stand in the rain again."

Another claimed that when they had asked police what the commotion was about, they were told it was an 'urgent matter'.

They said: "Talked to a cop, all I got was ‘urgent matter’. Westminster bridge cleared too."

Police have now confirmed that the unattended item was not suspicious.

A spokesman said: "The unattended item has been assessed and was found not to be suspicious.

"Road closures will be lifted imminently. We thank the public for their cooperation."

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