June 29th, 2007 08:47 EST
Serious incident in central London
In the early hours of 29 June 2007, an explosive device was discovered in a vehicle parked outside a club in Haymarket, London W1. It was safely defused by Metropolitan Police explosives officers and the suspect vehicle has since been removed from the scene.
The incident is now the subject of an investigation led by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, with the assistance of the Security Service and other agencies. The National Threat Level remains at "Severe", meaning that future terrorist attacks are highly likely and indicating a continued high level of threat to the UK. The threat level is under constant review by the Joint Terrorist Assessment Centre.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke has issued a statement describing the circumstances of this incident and appealing for assistance from the public. He said:
"At this stage, we would appeal to any members of the public who were in the area of the Haymarket and may have seen anything suspicious or unusual to contact us on the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline. The timeframe we are interested in is not just the early hours of this morning, but throughout yesterday evening - the period leading up to the time the vehicle was discovered."
The Prime Minister and Home Secretary have called for the public to "be vigilant at all times and ... be alert to any potential incidents."
The Anti-Terrorist Hotline number is 0800 789 321. Calls are treated as confidential. More information about the hotline can be found at http://www.met.police.uk/so/at_hotline.htm.