London police are on high alert Wednesday and weren’t taking any chances with two suspicious vehicles parked out front of the US embassy at Nine Elms, Wandsworth.
The cars were deemed suspicious after they’d been there since Monday and no one came to claim them. Police cordoned off the area, evacuated a nearby clothing store, and brought in the bomb squad at around 4:38PM. Roughly an hour later they carried out a controlled explosion.
The owner of one of the cars, Tau Larsen, arrived on the scene to see his Ford van surrounded by police, and the passenger side window smashed and the back door crow-barred:
“In hindsight maybe it wasn’t ideal to have left it here for so long. But there wasn’t any lines. I only live around the corner. I just came back to check up on it. I came here on my bike and thought someone had robbed it. I thought the commotions had been because there had been a break-in. It turned out the police had broken in or crow-barred the window, or tried to crowbar the back door open.”
A statement from law enforcement officials read, “No one hurt. We are just being vigilant.”
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