Police have detained a man following an incident near the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) headquarters in Canberra.

The incident occurred just after 12 noon at a building on Constitution Avenue, with the public warned to stay away.

9News images from the scene showed armed, plain clothes officers looking over what appeared to be a black backpack and other items in front of the ASIO building.

Roads were closed around the building while police and others investigated.

Multiple police, including uniformed officers, could be seen investigating.

An ACT Police spokesperson told 9News a man is in custody but gave no further details.

The man is assisting with enquiries, the spokesperson said.

"Although some nearby buildings have been evacuated as a precaution, there is no threat to the wider community," the spokesperson said.

An armed, plain clothes officer looks over items on the ground, in front of the ASIO headquarters.Officers and officials gather at the scene of the incident outside the ASIO building.

"The public is asked to stay away from the closed-off area."

Police shut the road between Anzac Parade and Russell Offices for a number of hours.

All roads are now open.

ASIO is an Australian intelligence agency and the nation's security service.

The agency focuses on counter-terrorism, counter–espionage and foreign interference and border security.

More to come.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/man-in-custody-after-incident-near-asio-building-in-canberra-police/a8ddeb66-d100-4686-92f2-c25a2ab609ed

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