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Patients and staff have been evacuated from Whittington Hospital after a bomb scare caused by a suspect package.

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Police are on the scene and have cordoned off streets surrounding the hospital in Magdala Avenue, Archway.

The suspicious package was found in the accident and emergency (A&E) ward, which has been evacuated along with other departments that are close by.

Andy McGlinchley, 33, who works in the pathology department, said: “We heard a rumour that something was going on and we looked out of the window and saw police everywhere.

“Pretty soon the security came up and evacuated us – we were one of the last because we work on the fifth floor. They have evacuated all the staff and I imagine they will move the able-bodied patients as well.

“We were milling around outside for a while, but they keep moving us back and back. It’s making everyone anxious because it sounds like its getting more serious.”

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “A suspect package was found at Whittington Hospital at about 2pm. A&E has been evacuated as a precaution and Met officers are on the scene and are dealing with the incident.

“They have cordoned off some neighbouring streets, again as a precaution.”

A spokesman for Whittington Health, which runs the hospital, said: “A suspect package was left in the accident department and as a precaution we have evacuated the building and a 100 metre cordon is in place around the building. I also understand we have the bomb squad in attendance.”

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