EXPLOSIVE devices posted in Jiffy bags were discovered yesterday at three busy transport hubs.
Anti-terror police are investigating after the parcels were sent to London’s Heathrow Airport, City Airport and Waterloo station.
One of the three briefly caught light when opened and officers warned the public to be on the alert because more could have been posted elsewhere.
The Jiffy bags were all sent inside white plastic envelopes, at least two of which had Dublin postmarks and St Valentine’s Day stamps bearing hearts and the message, ‘love Ireland’. Irish police are assisting the inquiry.
London mayor Sadiq Khan said: ‘I would like to thank officers from the Met, British Transport Police and other transport staff for their quick response — the Met has confirmed that nobody has been injured.
‘While transport services continue to operate as normal, I urge all Londoners and visitors to remain vigilant, and report any potential suspicious packages to the police.’ The first improvised explosive device was opened by a worker in Heathrow’s Compass Centre at 9.55am. The device ‘initiated’, resulting in part of the package burning, police said. The office building was evacuated while the parcel was made safe.
The second package was found in the post room at Waterloo at 11.40am. Police arrived and sealed off part of the station but trains kept running.
The final package was found at 12.10pm at City Aviation House, part of City Airport. Again, the building was cleared while it was dealt with.
The Met said: ‘We’re treating the incidents as a linked series and keeping an open mind regarding motives.’