Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has issued a statement following the today discovery of a suspected bomb in Central London’s Haymarket earlier this morning.
The Mayor said:
"Once again the emergency services have served the capital well.
The Metropolitan Police Service have dealt with this with great professionalism. I think we would all want to thank the explosives officers for their bravery in dismantling this device, which will also yield invaluable clues.
The ambulance crew who originally alerted the police to this matter showed great vigilance and they deserve the praise of everyone who lives and works in London. The dense network of CCTV coverage now existing in central London will again be extremely important in yielding clues.
I ask all Londoners and visitors to London to co-operate with the police and other agencies so that we can go about our business as safely as possible.
These events show that we have to be constantly vigilant, and also that we need to respond calmly.
As the police have made clear the help of the public is going to be essential to completing this investigation. London can help defeat terrorism, which means that all London’s communities have their part to play in dealing with this threat."
Anyone with information about terrorist related activity should contact the Metropolitan Police’s Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321. Anyone with immediate concerns should dial 999.