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Home --> Rumors of War --> Tube Staked

Tube Staked

Claim:   London police are warning against using the Underground, citing the threat of an imminent terrorist attack.

Status:   False.

Example:   [Collected on the Internet, 2005]

FW: IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING LONDON UNDERGROUND - STATEMENT BEING ISSUED FROM MET

The Metropolitan Police will be strongly advising everyone that the they will be putting officers on tube stations 24/7 for the next week as they highly expect another attack within this time.

The police force have been in meetings all morning and will be publicly confirming this later on this evening. They will be advising the public to avoid the tube at all costs for the time being.

This news will filter through to the media in the next few hours and if it is not in the Evening Standard it will be on the 24 hour news channels.

Please take care on your journeys home, please pass this on to as many people as you know who use the Underground.

Piccadilly Circus & Leicester Square were closed for 3 hours earlier today and the bomb squad carried out a minor controlled explosion around the station area - this is going on all over Central London.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL TRAVELLING

Origins:   This advisory began appearing in inboxes everywhere on 15 July 2005. Rest assured that it did not originate with the Metropolitan Police.

Likewise, there are no mentions in the British press either of police issuing a warning about further possible terrorist activity involving that nation's transit system or of a controlled explosion being performed in the Piccadilly Circus & Leicester Square area on or around 15 July 2005. (Controlled explosions were carried out in other places around the nation during the week between the four suicide bombings of 7 July and the emergence of this hoax on 15 July: on 15 July on a white box found near the mosque on Park Road North, Middlesbrough, in Teesside, on 13 July on a suitcase discovered in a car park under the Mancunian Way in Manchester, on 10 July on a package found at Manchester's main rail station, on 9 July on a package found on a bus in Greater Manchester, on 8 July on a package spotted in Sansome Walk in Worcester, and on 7 July on a package found at a Co-op store on Holme Lacey Road in
Hereford.)

The Metropolitan Police has put up a web page to keep the public informed regarding news about the suicide bombings of 7 July 2005 that took place on London's transit system. Updates on the investigation can be found by following the latest press conference link offered on that page.

No mention appears on the Metropolitan Police's web site of a warning against further terrorist activity involving that city's subway system. The only warning that does appear on that site touts the Metropolitan Police's "Life Savers" anti-terrorist hotline and dates to 22 March 2004. It asks the public to be vigilant and report the unusual when they encounter it.

In response to the rumor, on 15 July the Metropolitan Police issued an express denial: "We are not aware of any specific threat at this time." Following the circulation of e-mails claiming another attack was imminent, Scotland Yard stressed it was not aware of any specific threat to London.

Barbara "hoaxed folks" Mikkelson

Last updated:   15 July 2005

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  Sources Sources:
    BBC News.   "Fake E-Mails Claim More Attacks."
    15 July 2005.

    BBC News.   "Controlled Explosion on Package."
    15 July 2005.

    BBC News.   " Explosion Carried Out on Suitcase."
    13 July 2005.

    BBC News.   "Alarm Raised Over Hotel Package."
    11 July 2005.

    BBC News.   "Street Cordoned Off in Bomb Alert."
    10 July 2005.

    BBC News.   "Two Suspect Packages Are Blown Up."
    8 July 2005.