Highbury & Islington station evacuated over suspect package on bus

A suspect package on the 271 bus in Holloway Road caused the evacuation of Highbury & Islington stat

A suspect package on the 271 bus in Holloway Road caused the evacuation of Highbury & Islington station. Picture: Twitter/@nicolajanesharp - Credit: Archant

Police have confirmed the suspect package found on a bus in Holloway Road, causing the evacuation of Highbury & Islington station, was “non-suspcious”.

Highbury & Islington station was evacuated this morning. Picture: Twitter/@penelopejones

Highbury & Islington station was evacuated this morning. Picture: Twitter/@penelopejones - Credit: Archant

The 271 service to Moorgate was cordoned off near to Waitrose as the package was inspected.

A Met statment said: “Police were called to Holloway Road, [near] Highbury & Islington at 8.39am following reports of an item of unattended luggage onboard a route 271 Transport for London bus.

“Specialist officers attended. Cordons were put in place as a precaution whilst the item was assessed. It has since transpired that the abandoned suitcase was non-suspicious.”

The station is now back up and running, a Transport for London spokeswoman confirmed.

One woman who works in Holloway Road, but who didn’t wish to be named, told the Gazette: “The bus was sealed off and police were keeping people away, but didn’t say what was going on.

“All the shops were closed down and there was a lot of confusion. It was very crowded with the station closure, but now the bus has gone and everything is back to normal.”