London Bomb Threat
Streets around the Mall were closed for five hours this morning amid a major security alert, following a coded warning from Irish terrorists yesterday. A break-in at Carlton Gardens sparked the security clampdown. A suspect bag was destroyed by a controlled explosion in the vicinity of Northumberland Avenue. All the closed roads have since reopened. The police want Londoners to remain vigilant, but have not raised the threat level (title link). This is the first bomb threat against London from republican terrorists for 10 years and is almost certainly a response to the Queen's ill-advised visit to the Republic of Ireland, which begins tomorrow (CLICK).