Major incident unfolds at Trafalgar Square as area evacuated

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Part of Trafalgar Square has been closed off by the Metropolitan Police amid an ongoing police investigation.

The central London road and landmark has been cordoned off, close to the National Gallery.

The Met was called just after 2.30pm over reports a man was in a ‘distressed condition’ on the roof of the National Gallery.

The London Ambulance Service is also in attendance, MyLondon reports.

The National Gallery has also been evacuated, with pictures showing dozens of people leaving the gallery.

Normally a bustling tourist hotspot, Trafalgar Square is looking very quiet in some areas as police cordons have been put in place.

A spokesman for the Met Police’s Westminster division said: ‘Due to an ongoing incident, parts of Trafalgar Square near the National Gallery are closed. Please avoid the area.’

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A full statement from the Met reads: ‘Police were called at 14:35hrs on Tuesday, 22 August to The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2. A man was reported on the roof in a distressed condition.

‘London Ambulance Service have also attended and are attempting to make contact with the man.

‘Officers have attended and local roads have been closed as a precaution.’

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