Terrified shoppers were forced to leave a busy London high street after a suspicious package was found in a nearby restaurant.1hskPolice and firemen rushed to High Street Kensington after a suspicious bag was found. Metropolitan Police closed a large section of the road, at the junction with Kensington Church Street, just after 6.30pm this evening.

A spokesperson said: “Police were called to reports of a suspicious bag in High Street Kensington.

Panicked shoppers took to Twitter to describe the “lockdown” and posted eerie images of the empty high street online. A waiter at one restaurant, who asked not to be named, said: “The police came in and asked us to leave because they’d found a suspicious bag. They said it was just standard procedure.”

Dramatic photos showed a major area of the high street cordoned off, close to the Israeli Embassy.