What happened at Victoria Centre? What we know so far

The Victoria Centre cordon has now been lifted and the area re-opened after the package deemed not to be a risk to the public.

Police had been involved in an active incident since 5pm however police appeared to upgrade the incident at 8pm after issuing advice for everyone within the area to stay away from the area and for those living within flats nearby to stay in doors as it was much safer.

Credit Twitter / Andrew Gentry ‏@andrewgentry_
Credit Twitter / Andrew Gentry ‏@andrewgentry_

They released the following advice at 8pm suggesting the incident had been upgraded.

Police haven’t really released much information apart from that a section of the Victoria Centre in Nottingham city centre was evacuated following a report of a suspicious package being found inside.

They began an evacuation at 5.15pm on Saturday 15 October, which meant a number of road closures and diversion were in place on Milton Street. Police requested that members of the public are being asked to avoid the Victoria Centre and Milton Street areas while officers respond to this incident.

Picture Credit Twitter / Andrew Gentry ‏@andrewgentry_
Picture Credit Twitter / Andrew Gentry ‏@andrewgentry_

However Police appeared to upgrade the incident at 7.40pm releasing an urgent Twitter alert people to avoid the area and remain in their flats as it would be safer.

They advised that a cordon surrounding the Victoria Centre has now been extended to include parts of Upper Parliament Street and Milton Street with a number of shops, businesses and residential properties affected.

Saying “Our officers are working alongside the management at these respective premises to keep them informed and to pass on advice at the scene.
“Residents of the flats above the Victoria Centre are being advised to remain in their properties and to await further advice from police officers and security staff at the scene.”

Chief Inspector Mark Stanley from Nottinghamshire Police said: “We appreciate that evacuating such a prominent area of Nottingham city centre on a busy Saturday afternoon will have caused disruption to a good number of people and we would like to assure those affected that the decision to evacuate such a prominent area of the city is not taken lightly.

“The safety of the public will always be our first priority whenever reports of this nature are received and we would like to thank each and every one of those affected for their patience and cooperation while the relevant authorities worked to bring this incident to a swift and safe conclusion.”