07 February 2020 18:57
A team from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Regiment RLC are attending a suspicious package in Festival Place in Basingstoke. Members of the public are being advised to stay away from the town centre. The shopping complex has been thrown into police lockdown following the discovery of a suspect item in the toilets with the complex. Police,firecrews and HART teams from South central ambulance have all been mobilsed to the incident. A 100 metre cordon is in place, and Hampshire Constabulary say their enquiries are at "an early stage".
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have said: "The incident is still ongoing. We were requested by police to attend Festival Place, there are two crews from Basingstoke on scene." Get involved with the news in your community The item has been discovered at Festival Place in Basingstoke, which is home to stores including Zara, Debenhams, Next, HMV and Apple. Basingstoke police tweeted: 'You may see a larger police presence in Festival Place this afternoon. 'Officers have put in place a 100-metre cordon after what is believed to be a suspicious package was found in a toilet. Sign up to our daily newsletter The i newsletter cut through the noise Thanks for signing up!
Sorry, there seem to be some issues. Please try again later. Submitting... 'Please listen to instructions from officers at the scene.' A salon based in Festival Place, Truly Scrumptious, said it had to close because of a 'bomb scare'. It tweeted: 'We have had to close the Basingstoke salon due to a bomb scare in Festival Place. An exterior view of Festival Place in Basingstoke. Picture: Google Street View 'The police have told us to evacuate the building.