Victoria Centre running as usual after bomb scare

Business at Victoria Centre is back to normal after a bomb scare on Saturday afternoon.

Thousands of shoppers were evacuated from the shopping centre at around 5:15pm on Saturday, October 15th due to the discovery of a suspicious package.

Shortly after the evacuation, the bomb disposal unit arrived and examined the package to which they concluded was no threat to the public. It is speculated that the package was found in John Lewis.

During the evacuation Milton Street was closed and Upper Parliament Street was cornered off, the diversions and road closures were in place around the centre affecting many bus services. The police urged the public to avoid the centre and many residents from the Victoria flats above were also evacuated.

Chief Inspector Mark Stanley from Nottingham Police said: “The safety of the public will always be our first priority whenever reports of this nature are received and we would like to thank each and every one of those affected for their patience and cooperation while the relevant authorities worked to bring this incident to a swift and safe conclusion.”

The cordons were removed at around 9pm on Saturday night and the centre re-opened as usual for business the next day.

This incident was similar to the one which occurred in May when an abandoned suitcase led to an evacuation and a controlled explosion.

 

By, Daisy Shirley

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