Emergency services descended on Lewisham High Street on Wednesday afternoon (March 24) after they received reports of a suspicious package in the area.

Eye-witnesses reported seeing "five fire appliances, three ambulances and various police vehicles" at the top of the High Street near Barclays bank and Lee High Road.

Meanwhile a cordon was established by emergency first responders over concerns the unidentified package could prove dangerous.

However, this was later cleared after emergency service personnel established that the package in question posed no threat to public safety and was in fact an unattended bag.

Responding to a request from News Shopper, a spokesperson for the Met Police said:

"Police were called to Lewisham High Street at 16:25hrs on Wednesday, 24 March after concerns were raised about the contents of an unattended bag.

"Officers attended and a cordon was put in place while enquiries were conducted. The London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade were deployed as a precaution.

"The contents of the bag was found to be non-suspicious and the incident has now been stood down."

London Fire Brigade were contacted for comment.