A police cordon was thrown up near St Paul’s Cathedral after a suspicious package was found. City of London Police said the package had been deemed non-suspicious a little more than an hour after officers were called at 10.23am. The object was found inside a building in St Martin’s Le Grand, the force confirmed.
It said on Twitter: “The item has now been deemed non suspicious and officers are working to clear the incident . Cordons are still currently in place.”
Reports on social media suggested surrounding buildings had been evacuated. St Paul’s underground station was also closed during the alert.
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Arlene Foster gives her leader’s speech during the annual DUP party conference at La Mon House
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Ex-England footballer Michael Owen prior to riding in a charity race at Ascot racecourse
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Shoppers pass a promotional sign for ‘Black Friday’ sales discounts on Oxford Street
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Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond poses with the budget box at 11 Downing Street
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Protestors hold up a banner during a protest held in solidarity with the University of London cleaners’ strike
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British Prime Minister Theresa May greets Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo outside number 10 Downing Street
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Grigor Dimitrov reacts to winning the Men’s Singles Final with the trophy, during day eight of the NITTO ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London
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Central Scotland MSP Richard Leonard is congratulated by Glasgow MSP Anas Sarwar at the Glasgow Science Centre after he was announced as the new leader of Scottish Labour
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British Military Working Dog Mali poses for a photograph with his handler, Cpl . Daniel Hatley, after receiving the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, for his heroic action in Afghanistan
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Theresa May chats with resident Val Lay during a visit to a housing estate in London
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Richard Radcliffe leaves the Foreign Office with his local MP Tulip Siddiq, following a meeting with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
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Four-time Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah after being awarded a Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II
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Restoration work continues on the Palace of Westminster
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A veteran takes his hat off during the Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph wreathe laying ceremony
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Members of the Western Front Association during a service at the Cenotaph to mark the Armistice Day
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David Davis and Michel Barnier
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Britain’s newly appointed Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, leaves Downing Street
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Priti Patel leaves number 10 Downing street through the back entrance
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School children and their teacher from Thomas Tallis School look at pictures on display at the Red Star Over Russia exhibition at the Tate Modern in London
20/55 6 November 2017
A cast of The Wrestlers, two men taking part in the Greek sport pankration, is lowered into place at Natural Trust’s Stowe Landscape Garden near Buckingham
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Protesters in Trafalgar Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest
22/55 4 November 2017
Protestors take part in the ‘Justice Now: Make it Right for Palestine’ march, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in central London
23/55 3 November 2017
People queue outside an Apple store in London to purchase the new iPhone X upon its release in the U.K . The iPhone X is positioned as a high-end, model intended to showcase advanced technologies such as wireless charging, OLED display, dual cameras and a face recognition unlock system
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British Prime Minister Theresa May greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside 10 Downing Street in London . The pair are today celebrating the centenary of a British declaration that ultimately led to the foundation of the state of Israel
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Mammatus clouds over St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, Northumberland
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Women protest outside Downing Street as they join a demonstration demanding rights for working mothers
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England’s under 17’s pose with the World Cup trophy as they arrive back to the UK
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Leicester City remembrance day fixture between between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium
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Spiderman steals a seat on the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones at MCM London Comic Con’s opening day
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British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood holds up a paper against the governments policy on fracking outside Downing Street in London
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Members of a delegation of indigenous and rural community leaders from 14 countries in Latin America and Indonesia, The Guardians of the Forest campaign, demonstrate against deforestation in London during a stop on their way to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties 23 (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany
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Gemma Davis, 23, cleans the dolls’ house during it’s annual clean at the National Trust’s Calke Abbey property, in Ticknall, Derbyshire . The dolls’ house was used by the family’s various generations of children between 1860 and the Second World War in their school room
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Prince William and Kate chat with West Ham player Mark Noble and manager Slaven Bilic during the Coach Core graduation ceremony
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Jellyfish washed up on Sidmouth beach after storm Ophelia hit the UK
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A red sun appears in Mid-Wales before storm Ophelia hits
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The Duchess of Cambridge dances with Paddington Bear as they attend a charities forum event at Paddington train station in London on October 16, 2017 . The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined children from the charities they support on board Belmond British Pullman train at Paddington Station . The event was hosted by STUDIOCANAL, with support from BAFTA through its BAFTA Kids programme, and before embarking Their Royal Highnesses met the cast and crew from the forthcoming film Paddington 2
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Large waves crash along sea defences and the harbour as storm Ophelia approaches Porthleven in Cornwall, south west Britain
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Hillary Clinton gives a speech as she is presented with a Honorary Doctorate of Law at Swansea University in Swansea, Wales . The former US secretary of state and 2016 American presidential candidate is also visiting the UK to promote her new book, ‘What Happened’
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A lone protestor demonstrates outside Workmen Cuadrilla’s shale gas fracking drilling rig near Westby in Blackpool . Engineers have begun to build the new rig at the site off Preston New Road in preparation for extracting gas .
The site will be the first in the UK to extract shale gas since 2011
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Photographs of missing Syrians are displayed as people, including a group of Syrian women, stand atop a double-decker bus during a demonstration by ‘Families for Freedom’ in Parliament Square in London
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Workmen erect scaffolding around the Elizabeth Tower, commonly known called Big Ben, during ongoing renovations to the Tower and the Houses of Parliament
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An order of service is carried ahead of the funeral service for Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn, real name Sylvia Ann Ibbetson, outside Salford Cathedral . A former Woolworths shop girl from Leeds, who first set foot on Weatherfield’s famous cobbles in 1974, Dawn, who had four children, died peacefully last week at home with her family around her. PA
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Melanie Kramers of Oxfam poses while wearing a mask of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, with assorted props used in political campaigns, in the store room at Oxfam’s headquarters in London . The props have all been used in the charity’s campaigns over the years to raise awareness of issues affecting people in poverty . Today marks 75 years since Oxfam’s founding in the middle of the Second World War
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A visitor poses in front of an art work by Czech Repblic artist Anna Hulacova entitled ‘Ascension Mark I’ during a photocall for the Frieze Art Fair in London
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Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond arrives to speak at the Conservative Party’s conference in Manchester
46/55 1 October 2017
Protesters holding flags and placards demonstrate along Oxford Street during the annual Ashura march in London . Thousands of protesters march through London today to mark Ashura and celebrate the defeat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria . Ashura is a Muslim festival of remembrance that falls on the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar
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Protesters hold up placards during the London March for Choice, calling for the legalising of abortion in Ireland after the referendum announcement, outside the Embassy of Ireland in central London
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Former UKIP leader Paul Nuttall (C) speaks with delegates at the UKIP annual conference being held at the The Riviera International Centre in Torquay
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England and West Indies fans enjoy themselves during the 4th Royal London One Day International between England and West Indies at The Kia Oval in London
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Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn takes photographs during Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rebecca Long-Bailey’s speech in the main hall, on day three of the annual Labour Party Conference in Brighton
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
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Naked bathers enter the water as they take part in the North East Skinny Dip at Druridge bay in Druridge, England .
The popular annual event takes place around the autumn equinox at Druridge Bay as the sun rises . Participant registration fees have been pledged to the mental health charity MIND. Getty
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Rollo Maughfling, Archdruid of Stonehenge and Britain (R) conducts a ceremony as druids, pagans and revellers gather in the centre at Stonehenge, hoping to see the sun rise, as they take part in a autumn equinox celebrations at the ancient neolithic monument of Stonehenge near Amesbury in Wiltshire, England . Several hundred people gathered at sunrise ar the famous historic stone circle, a UNESCO listed ancient monument, to celebrate the equinox which is a specific moment in time that occurs twice a year when the Earth tilts neither towards (summer) or away (winter) from the sun in either the northern or southern hemisphere . Although yesterday marked the actual meteorological calendar change from summer to autumn, for druids, the following dawn is when they celebrate ‘the dawning of the new season’ following the day of equal night, which it is named after.
53/55 22 September 2017
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May delivers her Brexit speech at the Complesso Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy . British Prime Minister Theresa May will seek to unlock Brexit talks on September 22, after Brussels demanded more clarity on the crunch issues of budget payments and EU citizens’ rights
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People protest against the actions of the Spanish government in front of the Spanish consulate in Edinburgh . Spanish police stormed ministries and buildings belonging to Catalonia’s regional government yesterday, in an attempt to try and put a stop to the region’s independence referendum
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One of the final 55m turbine blades is manoeuvred into position .
The last of 116 wind turbines have been installed at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm 13 kms off the Brighton Coast .
It will provide enough electricity to supply the equivalent of half the homes in Sussex
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The Macy’s Thanksgiving1 Day Parade featured balloons, bands, stars and heavy security – as thousands gathered for the annual tradition. With new faces and old favorites in the lineup, the Americana extravaganza made its way through two miles of Manhattan on a cold morning.
The crowds are still the same, but there’s a lot more police here . That’s the age we live in, Paul Seyforth said as he attended the parade he’d watched since the 1950s.
Not a lot’s changed the balloons, the bands, the floats and that’s the good thing, said Seyforth, 76, who’d flown in from Denver to spend his 50th wedding anniversary in New York and see this year’s parade. The televised parade was proceeding smoothly, though about midway through, a gust of wind on a largely calm day blew a candy-cane balloon into a tree branch, and it popped near the start of the route on Manhattan’s Upper West Side . No one was injured.
In 2005, one of the parade’s signature giant balloons caught a gust, hit a Times Square lamppost and injured two people . The candy cane was smaller than the giant balloons. Timothy McMillian and his wife, their 9-year-old daughter and his in-laws started staking out a spot along the route at 6:30 a.m . They’d come from Greensboro, North Carolina, to see in person the spectacle they’d watched on TV for years.
McMillian, a 45-year-old schoolteacher, booked a hotel months ago, but he started to have some concerns about security when a truck attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center killed eight people on Halloween.
With the event being out in the open like this, we were concerned, he said . But we knew security would be ramped up today, and we have full confidence in the NYPD. Authorities say there is no confirmation of a credible threat to the parade, but they were taking no chances after both the truck attack and the October shooting that killed 58 people at a Las Vegas country music festival. Four activists jumped over barriers and briefly sat down in the street at about 9:10 a.m .
to protest the end of a program that extended protections to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S . as children, according to a spokesman for activist group Cosecha . Police quickly escorted them back . No one was arrested and the parade was not delayed. New York Police Department officers with assault weapons and portable radiation detectors were circulating among the crowds, sharpshooters were on rooftops and sand-filled city sanitation trucks were poised as imposing barriers to traffic at every cross street . Officers also were escorting each of the giant balloons.
The mayor and police brass have repeatedly stressed that visitors shouldn’t be deterred . And Bekki Grinnell certainly wasn’t.
When your kid from Alaska is marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you come, said Grinnell, whose daughter was marching with the band from Colony High School in Palmer, Alaska . Grinnell said she wasn’t worried about security because of the police presence: I think we’re in a safe spot. Other paradegoers also showed their appreciation for police: The NYPD marching band and a group of mounted officers got some of the biggest cheers from spectators lined up as many as 15 deep along barricades . Among other crowd favorites: as did the SpongeBob SquarePants balloon.
The 91st annual parade featured new balloons including Olaf from the Disney movie Frozen and Chase from the TV cartoon Paw Patrol will be among the new balloons Thursday, along with a new version of the Grinch of Dr . Seuss fame. Smokey Robinson, The Roots, Flo Rida and Wyclef Jean were among the stars celebrating, along with performances from the casts of Broadway’s Anastasia, Dear Evan Hansen and SpongeBob SquarePants . The lineup included a dozen marching bands, as well as the high-kicking Radio City Music Hall Rockettes and, of course, Santa Claus.
This is my favorite thing ever, musician Questlove told The Associated Press as he got ready to ride the Gibson Guitars float with his bandmates in The Roots and late-night host Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show, where The Roots are the house band .
Questlove said being in the parade is probably my favorite perk of the job.
To go from being a spectator to being up here, it’s kinda cool, he said.
Added singer-songwriter Andy Grammer as he got on the Homewood Suites float: It’s kind of like being at the center of Thanksgiving.