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this makes me so scared as i live in central london Sad

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A car bomb was defused in central London after a member of the public alerted Scotland Yard to a suspicious vehicle.
Police are now frantically searching landmark sites across the capital for further explosive devices. They were not sure whether the bomb was a lone device or one of several deployed across London.

A source said: "The indications that we have got so far are that it was certainly a big device."

The security scare near Piccadilly Circus, one of London's best-known landmarks, poses an early test for the new prime minister, Gordon Brown, who succeeded Tony Blair just two days ago, and the new home secretary, Jacqui Smith.

The bomb was found a few hours before the new cabinet was to hold its second meeting in as many days. Key officials are set to hold a meeting of Cobra, the government's emergency response team.

Specialist teams of bomb disposal officers were sent to Haymarket, near Piccadilly following the report that a car had been abandoned on the road. Haymarket was closed off while the experts examined the car.

After an initial investigation of the vehicle officers discovered a potentially viable device. It was made safe by bomb disposal experts, and forensic explosives officers on the scene were examining the car.

It is understood the device was very crudely made.

One witness said he saw a green gas canister - the colour for propane - in the backseat of the vehicle along with a large number of nails on the car's floor, Sky News reported.

Jack Straw, the new justice secretary, called the incident "very saddening," but added "these things happen."

The defence secretary, Des Browne, told BBC Radio Scotland: "It does appear to be a very serious incident. My first reaction to this is, thank God that we have police and explosives experts who can make these devices safe, and the arrangements they appear to have done, and that nobody has been injured."

A police source said they did not know as yet who was responsible. No warnings were received. The car will be taken to the forensic explosives laboratory at Fort Halstead in Kent, to be examined in a specialist facility known as the Igloo.

Earlier this year Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan police commissioner, warned that what takes place on the streets of Baghdad - where car bombs are a frequent occurrence - could eventually reach London. It emerged that anti-terrorist police last month were spot-checking lorries on the outskirts of the city amid growing fears that extremists would use a bomb in a vehicle.

But senior police sources have stressed they have no direct intelligence that any group or individual is planning such an attack on London.

One eyewitness told Sky News that door staff at the nightclub Tiger Tiger alerted police after the car was driven into bins and the driver ran off shortly before 2am.

The witness said the large silver Mercedes was being driven "erratically" before the crash. The driver was not stopped. Tiger Tiger, a popular bar, club and restaurant with branches across the UK, is located at 29 The Haymarket.

Courtesy: guardian unlimited
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replied June 29th, 2007
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Im quite near you, nr east london. Been watching it on sky news.
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replied June 29th, 2007
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how scary!

I'm flying in just over 2 weeks and i'm terrified as he!! Confused
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replied June 29th, 2007
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I just saw that on ethe neses while i was geting dressed this morning, i'm just glad that i don't live in a big place btu a little nervous because my parents are going up to london tommorow
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replied June 29th, 2007
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They are saying a 'suspect vehicle' has been found now, by hyde park Shocked a red open top bus
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replied June 29th, 2007
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is that big concert for diana on tonight? i guess they will really beef up the security on that one. i hope nothing else happens. it must be pretty scary for you. i live in a smaller city in canada so we don't worry as much about that kind of thing around here.

i was gonna make a joke about the spice girls driving some madman over the edge but i guess it's no joke to all of you living so close to it lol Rolling Eyes @ me. i hope everyone stays safe.
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I dont know Kaerbear lol but they are saying now Another 'suspect vehicle' found and street closed off.

The bomb they found in the first one contained gas canisters, lots of nails and 60 litres of petrol. It was going to be detonated by a mobile phone trigger, which a police officer, risking his own life, removed so it couldnt be set off.
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michelle1981 wrote:
how scary!

I'm flying in just over 2 weeks and i'm terrified as he!! Confused


Michelle, are you coming to England?? You have probably spoken about this aready, but Im not about much! Laughing
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A second London car bomb is being inspected by officers, police sources have said.

The vehicle was found in an underground car park off Park Lane in the centre of the city following the discovery of the first bomb which failed to detonate nearby in the West End early on Friday.

The second car was in the vehicle pound used by the local council to store those towed away for illegal parking. But police refused to comment on reports that it had been towed there by parking officials who were unaware of its deadly contents.

The Met's Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke said the second car bomb was similar to the first found outside Tiger Tiger nightclub in Haymarket. It too was a Mercedes and contained a "considerable amount" of explosive material and nails, he said.

The second car was found in nearby Cockspur Street, a few hundred yards from the first.

Mr Clarke said the two vehicles were "clearly linked" and both were "potentially viable".

He told a press conference at Scotland Yard: "The vehicle was found to contain very similar materials to those that have been found in the first vehicle in Haymarket earlier (on Friday).

"There was a considerable amount of fuel and gas canisters, as in the first vehicle. There was also a substantial quantity of nails. This like the first device, was potentially viable and was made safe by explosives officers. The vehicles are clearly linked."

Mr Clarke said the second Mercedes, a blue 280E model, was parked in Cockspur Street, which runs between Haymarket and Trafalgar Square, and was issued with a parking ticket at about 2.30am.

He said: "The second vehicle in Cockspur street was subsequently taken to the pound in Hyde Park at about 3.30am." He added that it had been examined by Metropolitan Police explosives officers.
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michelle are you coming ot london?
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replied June 30th, 2007
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Jolie_3110 wrote:
michelle1981 wrote:
how scary!

I'm flying in just over 2 weeks and i'm terrified as he!! Confused


Michelle, are you coming to England?? You have probably spoken about this aready, but Im not about much! Laughing

Oh no, i'm staying in .canada. We are visiting family in .Newfoundland..... but i still shhhhhhhh-it myself just thinking about planes Confused
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replied July 1st, 2007
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I'm in North London...only like half an hour away from where the bombs were found Sad
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O.M.G. I hope everyone is okay! What is this world coming to! Some people are so sick! I saw that on the news and I thought about you all!
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