A bomb threat that forced the evacuation of Charing Cross train station today was a ‘targeted hoax’ aimed at drag queens rehearsing next door, it has emerged.
Met Police officers received reports of a suspicious package at Heaven nightclub at around 4pm with sniffer dog units and bomb disposal teams rushing to the scene.
Drag queens The Vivienne, Tia Kofi and Veronica Green – who were practising for a West End show at the venue – were forced to run out into the street while the building was swept for bombs.
Up above dozens of trains were cancelled while surrounding buildings were also evacuated.
A bomb threat that forced the evacuation of Charing Cross train station today was a ‘targeted hoax’ aimed at drag queens rehearsing next door. Pictured: The Vivienne, Tia Kofi, Veronica Green and Shania Pain rehearse on stage
Met Police said: ‘Officers are responding to reports of a suspicious package at a commercial property in Villiers Street, WC2.
‘A number of buildings have been evacuated as a precaution and roads in the area are closed.’
An hour later specialist officers said they had found an item at the scene but confirmed it was not suspicious.
However MailOnline has since learned that the bomb threat was in fact a ‘targeted hoax’ believed to have been aimed at the queens who had posted about their rehearsals earlier in the day.
The Vivienne, who won the first series of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK, has taken to social media to to praise officers for helping keep her safe and update fans on the ‘very scary’ incident
Drag queens The Vivienne, Tia Kofi (left) and Veronica Green (right) – who were practising for a West End show at the venue – were forced to run out into the street while the building was swept for bombs
A source said: ‘Police received a call saying someone had planted a bomb at Heaven today during rehearsals.
‘They rushed to the venue and found the front door open and immediately evacuated Vivienne, Tia and Veronica.’
They added the club’s owner Jeremy Joseph as well as drag star Shania Pain and their manger were also moved out onto the street.
They added: ‘The three Drag Race stars were shaken by the incident and headed home as obviously rehearsals could not continue.’
The group are set to take their show Drag Queens of Pop to the West End later this year
MailOnline understands that the bomb threat at Heaven nightclub was in fact a ‘targeted hoax’ believed to have been aimed at the queens who had posted about their rehearsals earlier in the day
The Vivienne, who won the first series of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK, has since taken to social media to update fans on the ‘very scary’ incident.
‘Hi everyone, just to let you all know that we are safe after today,’ she said.
‘Basically we were having a rehearsal for our show Drag Queens of Pop and police stormed in an told us that we had to evacuate the venue because there had been a bomb scare.
‘Somebody had phoned the police, possibly after seeing our instagram knowing that we were at the venue.
‘But the police were absolutely amazing they made us feel so safe… they had to close the tube and bring in dogs… it was very scary but they made us feel so safe.’
A spokesperson for the Met Police said: ‘The circumstances in which the item was found suggest that it was part of an intentional hoax and an investigation is under way to identify the person or persons responsible.
‘There is no indication, at this early stage, of a particular motive but that will form one of the key lines of enquiry for officers as their investigation continues.’
Anyone with information about this incident, who has not already spoken to the police, should call 101 providing the reference CAD3901/03MAY.
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.
Southeastern trains had warned passengers to seek alternative routes but have said services are now returning to normal.
Source: Daily Mail UK