It has been reported that 3 packages have been sent to Heathrow, London City Airport and Waterloo station containing bombs. This has been confirmed by the police.

Areas of the three main transport hubs were sealed off today after suspicious packages were sent to each.Pictures shared online show the crude devices packed in envelopes with heart-shaped Irish stamps, reading simply ‘Heathrow’ and ‘London Waterloo’. 

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Police say explosive devices capable to starting a small fire were sent to Heathrow, London City Airport and Waterloo railway station police have confirmed. Part of the bag sent to the offices of Heathrow Airport was burnt away when it went off, causing a small fire which saw the building evacuated.

In a statement, a Scotland Yard spokesman said:  ‘The packages – all A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags – have been assessed by specialist officers to be small improvised explosive devices. ‘These devices, at this early stage of the investigation, appear capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened.’ 

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The first package went off at Heathrow Airport in a building called The Compass Centre. Nobody was hurt. Only a small fire ensued; however the building was evacuated and anti-terror experts took over. Shortly after, a similar device was found in the post room at Waterloo Station. This package was not opened and police experts have made it safe. The third package was received around midday at City Aviation House in the Royal Docks. One again staff were evacuated and the package was not opened before bomb squad experts took over.

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All the packages were marked with a ‘love stamp’ issued by the Republic of Ireland in 2018, showing a decorative red heart and the words ‘Love’ and ‘Eire’. The possible link to Ireland comes just weeks before a ‘hard border’ between the Republic and Northern Ireland could come into force in the event of a no-deal Brexit.