Shopping centre evacuated after 'anonymous caller makes serious threat'

Telford Shopping Centre has reopened after a ‘serious threat’ made by an anonymous caller prompted an evacuation.

West Mercia Police also asked the public to leave the town centre as specially trained officers conducted a search of the area.

The force said its search has now been completed and nothing suspicious was found.

Today’s hot air balloon festival will also be able to go ahead in the Shropshire town.

A statement from the police said: ‘Thanks again for everyone’s patience and cooperation today, and if you’re attending the Balloon Fiesta this weekend we hope you have a great day!’

No further information on the nature of the threat was provided.

Speaking earlier today, Superintendent Edward Hancox said: ‘I understand Telford Shopping Centre is a busy place, especially during the summer and school holidays, and that this threat may be alarming for visitors.

‘I would urge visitors to stay calm and follow the advice of officers in the area, who are there to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.

‘Thank you to all the visitors who have already cooperated with our officers, it is much appreciated and a huge help in situations like this.

‘At this stage we are assessing the threat and therefore are unable to provide any further information at this time, but will update you as soon as possible via our Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as on our website.’

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