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Police evacuate Romford town centre over ‘suspicious package’

PUBLISHED: 16:25 22 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:26 22 August 2017

Police at the scene of a suspect package in Romford town centre

Police at the scene of a suspect package in Romford town centre

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Police have been stood down after evacuating parts of Romford town centre earlier when a “suspicious package” was found in South Street.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed officers were called to reports of a suspicious package in South Street at 3.08pm.

He said: “The Brewery Shopping Centre and South Street were evacuated as a precaution and, cordons were put in place.

“As of 4.57pm, officers have been stood down.”

Havering’s dedicated Metropolitan Police twitter account tweeted: “Officers in Romford currently dealing with suspicious package in South Street, RM1. Brewery shopping centre evacuated as a precaution.”

A man who works at in South Street told the Recorder he believed the suspicious package had been discovered in Barclay’s bank.

An eyewitness told the Recorder she had been in the Costa Coffee in South Street when police entered the building and demanded people leave as quickly as possible.

She said: “It’s really scary isn’t it? I can hear all the alarms even now I’ve moved away from the area.

“I’ve never seen anything like it.”

A shop worker said she had been told a “rucksack was left behind in Barclays, and you can see wires coming out of it”.

She said a large crowd had congregated outside the police cordon in South Street, and were waiting to find out what had happened.

“I don’t think people are scared,” she said.

“People are curious, they want to know if it’s a fake or not.”

Dean Graham was having a shower at the Nuffield Gym in The Brewery when people were rushed out.

“I was mid shower in the gym when the alarm went off,” he said.

“People were evacuated in their swimming costumes with silver blankets and no footwear.”

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