THE Metropolitan Police has shut down Whitehall following a “serious gas leak” – forcing anti-Russian protesters to move.
Thousands were expected to turn out in support of Ukraine today, calling for Vladimir Putin to withdraw his forces from the country.
It is unclear, however, when Whitehall will re-open – prompting cops to make last minute plans.
Officers said they were in the process of making “alternative arrangements” and urged anyone attending to “follow police instructions”.
The Met wrote on Twitter: “Whitehall has been closed due to a serious gas leak, and is likely to remain closed for some time.
“We are in the process of making alternative arrangements for planned protests in the area today.
“If you are attending, please follow the instructions of police officers. Thank you.”
It comes after protesters turned up outside Downing Street this weekend, with thousands calling on the Government to do more to support Ukraine under attack from warmongering Putin.
A 4,000 strong crowd gathered in Whitehall on Friday evening as demonstrators demanded the Prime Minister clamped down further.
Thousands more were back on Saturday, with more planning to return today before this morning’s news.