Skyscraper home to British Embassy in Madrid evacuated over bomb threat

A skyscraper which is home to the British Embassy in Madrid has been evacuated because of a bomb alert.

Police are understood to be clearing Torre Espacio, Spain’s fourth highest skyscraper and the 24th highest in Europe, floor by floor.

The building is also home to the embassies of Canada, Australia and the Netherlands.

Local reports said the alert had been raised in the Australian Embassy.

The alarm was raised just after midday local time.

A Spanish police spokesman said: “The police are working at this moment on evacuating the Torre Espacio skyscraper, which is being cleared for security reasons."

Spain's national police force posted a tweet urging people in or near the building to follow the instructions of the security staff.

The Australian Embassy tweeted: "The @AusEmbEsp will remain close for the rest of today, Tuesday 16 April, until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience."

The skyscraper has 57 floors and around 2,000 people work there on a daily basis.

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