Hartlepool’s shopping centre evacuated after suspicious box found

Mark Rycraft

Mark Rycraft

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CUSTOMERS were evacuated after a suspicious box was left in toilets at a shopping centre.

Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre was evacuated at around 4pm yesterday and police had to attend.

Centre manager Mark Rycraft said: “An unidentified package was discovered in the toilets in the centre.

“Security followed procedures and instigated a full evacuation of the South Mall.

“The police attended and went through the necessary checks before declaring the centre safe.

“We take our shoppers’ and retailers’ safety seriously and I would like to thank everyone involved in this incident for the professional and calm way the situation was handled.

“This enabled us to reopen the South Mall in less than 30 minutes.”