Constance Marten trial is evacuated after ‘explosions’ heard near the Old Bailey – as Mark Gordon taken out in view of the public
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The trial of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon was evacuated after ‘explosions’ were heard near the Old Bailey.
Firefighters rushed to the courthouse in central London after reports of a ‘series of explosions’ and ‘black acrid smoke’ coming from a nearby building.
About 1,500 people were evacuated from the Central Criminal Court and surrounding area on Wednesday morning, with dozens of lawyers wearing black gowns and wigs seen in the street outside.
Defendants were seen walking through a side exit and into a waiting prison van. They were escorted by City of London police officers in uniform.
A spokesman for London Fire Brigade confirmed they were called to the court, where proceedings had to be suspended for the day, shortly before 11am following an ‘incident involving an electrical substation’.
Crews currently on scene are looking at ‘multiple buildings’ on Warwick Avenue.
Witnesses said the Old Bailey was evacuated after lights inside flickered.
Firefighters are at the scene of the incident in central London
Member of the legal profession is seen outside the Old Bailey amid the incident
The Old Bailey had to be evacuated amid the incident
Four fire engines and about 25 firefighters responded to an incident on Warwick Avenue
Advocates and other court users were told by security officials that they would not be allowed back inside until security checks were carried out as people were warned to avoid the area.
A Times reporter quoted Judge Mark Lucraft, the most senior judge based at the Old Bailey, as saying it was “too early” to know when business would be able to resume after the evacuation of the building.
One witness who tweeted a video of the incident wrote on X: ‘Heard series of explosions from building next to Old Bailey for about 10 minutes before smoke rises. Many buildings appear to have experienced power outages.’
A BBC journalist at the scene tweeted: ‘Black acrid smoke coming from rear of Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey – lights flickered inside before evacuation – firefighter says fire in section of building where electrical substation sits.’
There are currently no reports of any injuries.
London Fire Brigade said: ‘Firefighters are currently responding to reports of smoke being emitted from a building in Warwick Lane’
The LFB said traffic in the area is likely to be affected as they respond
The LFB tweeted: ‘Four fire engines and approximately 25 firefighters are responding to an incident involving an electrical substation on Warwick Lane, near the rear of the Old Bailey.
“Traffic in the area will likely be affected as we respond.”
Firefighters are working with UK Power Networks to make the scene safe and bring the fire under control.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
MailOnline has contacted the City of London Police for comment.