Suspicious item - Reading

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Thames Valley Police officers remain in Reading town centre.

Officers were called to a report at about 9am today (12/6) following the discovery of a suspicious item at The Oracle shopping centre.

A 100m cordon was set up in the area while officers and partner agencies responded to the incident.

They remain on the scene working to establish the nature of the item.

The Oracle shopping centre was evacuated, along with other nearby buildings and areas, and road closures were put in place.

The affected roads are Bridge Street, Gun Street, Minster Street and Yield Hall Place, all of which are in the process of being reopened. Carparks in the area are also reopening to allow people to collect their vehicles. The Oracle shopping centre currently remains closed while the incident is ongoing.

Chief Inspector Emma Burroughs, deputy Local Police Area Commander for Reading, said: “The measures we have put in place have been required in order to ensure that everyone remained safe throughout the day.

“We appreciate there has been disruption in the area and I would like to thank people in Reading for their patience throughout the day while we have been working to safely resolve the incident.”

If you wish to report any information in relation to this incident, please call Thames Valley Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

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