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Security alert shuts Blackfriars Road

London SE1 website team

Blackfriars Road and St George's Circus were sealed off by police on Saturday afternoon after officers stopped a Belgian-registered BMW and arrested three men.

Security alert shuts Blackfriars Road
This Belgian-registered car seemed to be at the centre of the operation
Security alert shuts Blackfriars Road
Armed police mounted a cordon at St George's Circus
Security alert shuts Blackfriars Road
The incident caused major disruption to bus services around Elephant & Castle
Security alert shuts Blackfriars Road
A police officer and PCSO warn staff and customers at Chillies Tandoori

The centre of the incident was at the southern end of Blackfriars Road, between the Webber Street junction and St George's Circus.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said that officers had stopped a car at 1.44pm.

"The occupants of the vehicle – three men – were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle," she added.

"They currently remain in custody at a south London police station."

Customers and staff at Chillies Tandoori at St George's Circus were warned to keep away from the windows by police officers.

The incident led to major disruption to bus services around Waterloo Road, Westminster Bridge Road and London Road.

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