Shopping centre evacuated after 'anonymous caller makes serious threat'

Telford Shopping Centre has been evacuated after a ‘serious threat’ was made by an anonymous caller.

Police have also evacuated the centre of the Shropshire town as specially trained officers conduct a search of the area.

A cordon has been put in place as the investigation continues.

No further information on the nature of the threat has been provided by West Mercia Police.

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.’

Hundreds of people are expected to visit Telford for its annual balloon fiesta later today.

It is currently unclear if the event will be going ahead as planned following the evacuation.

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