CONFIRMED: Cordon lifted - Simon Hughes

CONFIRMED: Cordon lifted

The below update has been posted on the council's website:

We are pleased to update that the MOD and MET police have now lifted today’s evacuation cordon after the removal of the device from the site. Affected residents are now able to return to their homes and local transport and other traffic will be able to resume use of local roads in the area.

Transport and support for vulnerable residents has been arranged, as well as transport for all residents at our rest centres to get back to their homes. Community wardens, police and ambulance services will be available this evening while this is carried out and rest centres will also remain in place until all residents have left.