Security alert at Stratford International Station caused by hoax bus bomb threat

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Police have said that reports of a bomb threat on a bus near Stratford International Station were a hoax.

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Officer attended the scene just after 5pm following reports of a bomb threat on a bus in International Way, E20.

Stratford International Station was temporarily evacuated as a precaution.

Witness Matt Withers, who was on his way home, said there was a “large police presence with sniffer dogs” at the scene.

He said the entrance to the back of Westfield Shopping Centre had been shut but was now open.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police were called following reports of bomb threat on a bus in International Way, E20.

“Officers attended and conducted a search of the bus. No suspicious items were located.

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“The incident has been treated as a hoax. Enquiries continue.”

Stratford International Station reopened at 6.15pm. Some traffic delays are expected to continue.