The surrounding area of Bank junction was closed during the bomb scare Twitter/@Kukee

An abandoned vehicle left in the heart of the financial district in London caused a major security alert which resulted in mass evacuations and road closures.

A Vauxhall car was dumped at Bank junction in the City of London. Police closed off all roads leading to the junction - Poultry, Cornhill, Threadneedle Street, King William Street and Prince's Street.

Eyewitnesses described seeing the driver of the car "sprinting away" from it after he drove through a red light.

Staff at the nearby Bank of England moved its staff to safe areas of the building as a precaution, but added that all essential operations continued during the scare.

After a bomb disposal robot was deployed at the scene, police declared the security alert a false alarm and opened up the area to pedestrians.

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The car was later deemed safe by police Twitter/@Kukee

A City of London Police spokesperson said: "Vehicle at Bank junction deemed safe. Area reopened to pedestrians but remains closed to vehicles at this time. Thank you for your patience."

Transport for London (TFL) confirmed Bank underground station returned to a normal service after being partially closed.