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Suspicious package found in Finchley Road post office

PUBLISHED: 15:44 20 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:44 20 July 2017

Police and paramedics outside a post office in Finchley Road after the discovery of a suspicious package at lunchtime today. Picture: JON KING

Police and paramedics outside a post office in Finchley Road after the discovery of a suspicious package at lunchtime today. Picture: JON KING

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A parade of shops was sealed off by police today after a suspicious package was found inside WH Smith.

Police have confirmed the package found Police have confirmed the package found "wasn't a viable device". Picture: JON KING

About 10 police and paramedics were called to Finchley Road at lunchtime today after the discovery of “a large, suspicious package” at the post office counter at 12:30pm.

A 100m cordon sealed off a section of Harben Parade with pedestrians and onlookers told to leave the area while workers and shoppers inside nine shops were not allowed to leave.

Post Office workers could be seen outside WH Smith store with one visibly shaken woman being comforted by an officer.

A 25-year-old woman – released from Boots after about an hour inside – said: “There are lots of things going on around London recently. I think it’s nothing too big, but you have to be careful.”

Speaking 90 minutes after the package was reported, a Met spokesman said: “It wasn’t a viable device.”

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