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Museum evacuated amid health scare

One of the country's most prestigious museums has been evacuated after visitors complained of suffering from sore throats.

People were escorted from the British Museum in central London shortly after 1pm on Saturday and investigators are currently inside trying to determine the cause of the scare.

The move came after a number of visitors complained of throat and eye irritation.

It is not believed anybody required hospital treatment as a result.

A Met police spokesman said: "The museum has been evacuated as a precaution.

"A few people reported a funny smell on the premises and had mild irritation to the throat and eyes.

"No treatment from paramedics was necessary and we do not know at this stage the course of it.

"Officers are currently in the process of finding out what it is."

The British Museum is one of the capital's most popular tourist attractions.

The sprawling building boasts a collection of more than seven million objects representing the history of human culture.

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