all of Liverpool st station has been shut down about half hour ago. People are milling in the streets. The area immediately out the front of Liverpool St station on Bishopsgate as well as Liverpool St itself has been cordoned off.6 police carrier van things. 3 plain police cars as we can tell.
As of 1500PM they've opened everything back up again, and everything is returning back to normal.
Police are raiding the Peabody Estate in Notting Hill, North Kensington (near the Ladbroke Grove, Westborne Park and Notting Hill Gate Stations.) A cordon has been thrown around a wide area. Several homes have been raided and there have been a number of controlled explosions. No report of stations being closed as yet.
I am approximately 1/2 mile away, near enough to hear and see the helicopters going overhead but nothing else. I am giving details from the TV News. They did not mention the roads in the area but I would assume that several will be closed. The situation is on-going at present. Most recent reports state that some police are wearing gas-masks. (This is a very crowded urban area.)
Posted 1.30p.m. BST from North Kensington.
Crossposted to London 070705
My husband is at London Bridge and has rung to inform me that it has just been evacuated. That's the main line and the underground and that as far as he can tell, nothing is running.
Can anyone confirm what might be going on?
A policeman on the beat told me that Ladbroke Grove Station and Westbourne Park station are both closed. This is very unusual but the reason is not known at present.
The BBC are reporting a "security incident" on the Central Line at Mile End Tube station. The area is cordoned off.
UPDATE: [11:33] - A man has been arrested and the station is being re-opened.
A brief update on tangential matters of moderate interest:
FGW are reporting, as was true yesterday also, that trains between town and the West are operating on a regular schedule. No one, rail-side or HMG-side, has yet addressed, I suppose for operational reasons, the extent to which service may be slowed and a higher security presence put in place for and until Monday (Ted Heath's funeral in Salisbury).
There has been increased security screening at Australia House, with all the Antipodeans in town.
MCC are standing by previous declarations, to the effect that play will not be daunted by increased risk. (The way England are playing, there are those who might welcome an excuse to put off the fixture.) The MCC members do continue to seek better insurance and legal shielding against potential liability against some bugger's targeting Lord's.
No new security measures have been announced that I can see for Goodwood or for Cowes; should I hear of any, I'll say as much.