Trafalgar Square: Met Police cordons off Westminster pedestrian area due to police incident

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A man was reported on the roof of the National Gallery in a distressed condition.

The National Gallery has closed and parts of Trafalgar Square have been cordoned off following a police incident.

The Met Police in Westminster has warned people to avoid the area.

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This follows reports of a man in distress on the roof of the art gallery.

The Met Police said in a statement: “Police were called at 2.35pm on Tuesday August 22 to The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square. 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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Traffic site Inrix reported: "A4 Trafalgar Square One Way Street closed queueing traffic, delays expected due to police incident from Whitcomb Street to Cockspur Street (Trafalgar Square).

"Police have also put a cordon around the pedestrian area of Trafalgar Square."

The National Gallery said in a statement: “We’ve temporarily closed the National Gallery, including Summer on the Square. We’ll keep you updated about when we’re able to reopen.”

More to follow.

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