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LIVE UPDATES: Emergency Services Respond to Suspicious Item Found at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Car Park

A significant emergency operation was launched today at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich after a car park attendant discovered a suspicious item in a bin. The Metropolitan Police, fire crews, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officers, and specialist explosive detection dogs were promptly dispatched to the scene to assess and secure the area.

Despite the alarm, the hospital has managed to maintain its operations, ensuring that patient care continues uninterrupted. However, a cordon has been established around the car park area, temporarily preventing patients and staff from accessing their vehicles.

UK police vehicles on street during daylight.

The discovery has prompted a thorough search of the vicinity, with specially trained dogs deployed around the bus stop and car park areas while awaiting further inspection by EOD specialists. The Metropolitan Police have confirmed their involvement, stating that they were called to the hospital following reports of the suspicious item and are currently conducting an investigation.

In addition to the deployment of emergency services, road closures have been implemented in the immediate area to facilitate the ongoing operation. This has led to traffic diversions and disruptions, with the public being advised to avoid the area if possible.

The situation at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has raised concerns among the local community, with hospital visitors and staff being reassured that all necessary precautions are being taken to ensure their safety. The hospital administration has issued a statement urging patience and understanding as the emergency services work to resolve the situation.

Authorities have not yet disclosed the nature of the suspicious item, with investigations ongoing. The Metropolitan Police are expected to provide updates as more information becomes available and have called on anyone with information related to the incident to come forward.

UK police officers with dog at cordoned off area.

This incident highlights the challenges and protocols in place to handle potential security threats, underscoring the importance of vigilance and swift response in protecting public spaces and institutions.

A spokesman for the Met Police said We have been called a suspicious package which officers are assessing within the hospital grounds.

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