UPDATE: Shoppers allowed back into Queensgate after 'suspicious package' is declared safe

Staff and shoppers at Peterborough's Queensgate Centre have been allowed back in after police evacuated the area after reports of a suspicious package.

Monday, 5th June 2017, 1:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th June 2017, 3:27 pm
The scene inside Queensgate as the evacuation continues

The John Lewis area of the shopping centre was evacuated after police were called at 10.52am to reports of a suspicious carrier bag.

A spokesperson for Queensgate Shopping Centre said: “On Monday 5 June, a suspicious package was found and the police were called immediately.

“As a precaution, West Square, North Square and the North Mall have been evacuated while the investigation continues.”

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The us station was also calmly evacuated as officers set up a cordon.

This has now been removed and police declared the area safe at 11.52am and the centre was returned to normal.

A tannoy announcement at around midday told all store staff to return to their units and shoppers are now being allowed back in.