Elephant and Castle tube station on lockdown due to ‘suspicious vehicle’

Elephant and Castle underground station and the surrounding area has been put on lockdown due to a "suspicious vehicle."

The Metropolitan Police have cordoned off the area following reports of an abandoned vehicle.

Dramatic footage from the scene show a car with its boot open packed full of large red bags at the side of the road.

Aerial images show police and a sniffer dog examining the car with the boot, bonnet, and passenger-side door all open.

The vehicle is on the A201 in Elephant and Castle at the junction of London Road, and is closed eastbound.

Emergency services are responding to the incident, and a large police presence is on scene.

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Transport for London Bus Alerts has warned there will be delays for anyone travelling in the area, and traffic is slow on “all approaches.”

Initial reports of the incident surfaced on social media, with one user tweeting: "Always where the action is. Elephant and castle locked down.

"Apparently car full of fertiliser was stopped, which led to lockdown."

While another said: "Elephant and Castle blocked off with massive police cordons because of a suspicious vehicle."

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And a third added: "Elephant and Castle tube station and shopping centre all shut, students at LCC being told there’s an abandoned car?

"All evacuated."

In a statement the Metropolitan Police said: "Officers are making inquiries after a suspicious vehicle was reported at 10.20hrs in St George's Road, Elephant and Castle.

"Road closures are in place so please avoid for now."

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