Festival Place in Basingstoke evacuated due to ‘suspicious package’ – live updates

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Festival Place shopping centre in Basingstoke has been evacuated after a “suspicious package” was found in the toilets.

Police have put a 100-metre cordon in place while they investigate the incident.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: “We have been called to reports of a suspicious package in the toilets of Festival Place. We currently have a 100-metre cordon in place.”

Truly Scrumptious, a salon based in the shopping centre, tweeted that it had to close due to a “bomb scare”.

It added: “We have had to close the Basingstoke salon due to a bomb scare in Festival Place.

“The police have told us to evacuate the building. Fingers crossed we’ll be open tomorrow.”

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