Authorities have evacuated the buildings close to East Croydon station due to the scare in the south London town and the area has been cordoned off. A robot machine has been spotted approaching the suspicious vehicle and there have been unconfirmed reports of a controlled explosion.
A spokesman for the Met Police has said: “Police were called at 8.46am on Thursday, February 6 to reports of a suspicious vehicle on Dingwall Road, Croydon. “Officers, including specialist officers, are on scene and cordons are in place.”
Commuters have taken to social media to express their shock at the incident, one Twitter user said: “Loads happening at east croydon station, it’s shut and all taped off and surrounding area closed. So scary.”
Another Twitter user said: “East Croydon station cordoned off and evacuated – overheard comments about a bomb alert. Be safe everyone!”
A commuter said on the social media site: “I got off at East Croydon to find police everywhere. Something about a suspicious package.”
National Rail have said that trains are not stopping at East Croydon statin because of the incident.
Thameslink tweeted: “Due to a security alert at a station at East Croydon trains will not be stopping at this station. Please use West Croydon for alternative options in to London.”
Videos on social media show streams of people being evacuated from buildings in East Croydon.
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“Compensation: You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.”
National Rail Kent and Sussex tweeted: “Police attending an incident near East Croydon station have asked us that we do not stop trains there for now. Trains will stop additionally at Selhurst and Norwood Jnc + ticket acceptance is being arranged. More as we have it.”
People have been urged to avoid the town centre of East Croydon due to the incident.
East Croydon Station is one of the busiest train stations in London.