Police called to two London airports and rail hub over suspicious packages

Image: Travelers wait near the departure boards at London's Waterloo train
Travelers wait near the departure boards at London's Waterloo train station on Dec. 24, 2013. Copyright Carl Court
By Reuters with NBC News World News
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The packages were found in buildings near the airports and within Waterloo itself, although no services were affected.

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LONDON — Police were called to investigate suspicious packages near three major transport hubs in London on Tuesday: Heathrow and City airports and the city's busiest rail station, Waterloo.

The packages were found in buildings near the airports and within Waterloo itself, although no services were affected.

At Heathrow, police response teams and emergency services attended an incident in the airport's administrative Compass Centre and evacuated the building.

"Heathrow Airport remains operational, flights are not impacted and passengers are able to travel as normal," the airport said. "The police are treating this as a criminal act and we will be assisting with this investigation."

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan police said the building had been evacuated as a precaution. "Specialist officers attended and the package was made safe," she said.

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