One of UK's biggest shopping centres evacuated after 'suspicious package' found

Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford
Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford -Credit:The wharf (Trinity Mirror)

A major UK shopping centre was evacuated on Wednesday morning after reports of a suspicious package being found. Shoppers posted on social media platform X, formerly Twitter, to report a "bomb scare".

People who were inside Westfield Stratford in London also reported that it was "closed due to a security threat". Police have since confirmed that a suspicious package had been found, but it was confirmed to not be dangerous, reports MyLondon.

One shopper at the scene reported that sniffer dogs were in attendance. They added that they heard there was a fire in the shopping centre.

Martin Johnston tweeted: "Be advised that if you’re coming to @westfieldstrat think again. The whole shopping centre and surrounds have been evacuated. I can see police tape up. Police marshalling people back. No further announcements or advice. #evacuation #seriousincident @BBCBreaking.

"Sniffer dogs in attendance. I’m being told that a fire has happened in the shopping centre. If this were an emergency evacuation it seems to have been a leisurely one. People still coming out of the building 25 minutes after the building was shut down."

Paddy wrote on X: "Westfield Stratford has been evacuated for a bomb threat." Remz tweeted: "Was in stratty [Stratford] Westfield and they’ve evacuated everyone out of the mall."

Another user said: "At work and Westfield just got evacuated….people are saying bomb threat." Likewise, Myst said: "Bomb scare in Stratford Westfield. Be vigilant."