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LONDON May 15 British police reopened an area
around the Bank of England to pedestrians on Thursday after
calling a security alert because of an abandoned car in the
heart of London's financial district.
A dark saloon car abandoned in the centre of Bank Junction,
one of the main traffic interchanges of the City of London,
prompted police to briefly seal off the area and some office
workers were evacuated.
But police said the vehicle was deemed safe and that the
area had been reopened to pedestrians, though it was still
closed for vehicles.
"Vehicle at Bank junction deemed safe," the police said in a
statement on social media site Twitter. "Area reopened to
pedestrians but remains closed to vehicles at this time."
A Reuters reporter at the scene said people who had been
evacuated from offices in the area were returning to work.
The Bank of England, which had kept essential operations
working through the alert by moving staff to safe parts of the
building, said the police had said the incident was now over.
(Reporting Jack Stubbs and Alex Smith, Writing by Guy
Faulconbridge; Editing by Alison Williams)