Police close road near UK parliament after suspicious package report

LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - London police said on Friday they had cordoned off an area in the central London political district of Whitehall near the British parliament after reports of a suspicious package.

"Specialist officers are in attendance and the vicinity is cordoned off while officers access the package," London's Metropolitan Police said on Twitter.

Separately, a person could be seen climbing up scaffolding near the base of the Big Ben tower at parliament, according to a Reuters reporter. (Reporting by William James and Costas Pitas; editing by Stephen Addison)