London underground
Closed sign above a tube station in London underground.REUTERS/Darren Staples

The busy Baker Street tube station in London was evacuated to allow police to carry out a controlled explosion close to the underground after a car was abandoned near one of its exits on Thursday (19 November). Police later said the vehicle was deemed not suspicious.

The tube station was closed and trains ordered not to stop there after a silver car was left in the middle of the road outside one of the exits. Social media was rife with reports of the evacuation as passengers were forced to file out of the station.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Service later said: "There was an abandoned vehicle in Baker Street. There was a controlled explosion. This is not a criminal investigation."

A police Twitter account added that the car had been deemed "non-suspicious" and that roads were being re-opened. Transport for London confirmed that Baker Street had been re-opened as well.