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.
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.”
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.