Salisbury centre BOMB THREAT: City on lockdown as police move in – cordons in place

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Salisbury city centre has been evacuated after a suspicious combination was discovered

Streets in the city centre have been cordoned off with officers insisting the intimation is ‘credible’.

A bomb disposal expert entered the post office, in Winchester Passage, around 5:20pm

Wiltshire Police has confirmed it is at the scene of an incident just about the Cross Keys Shopping Centre in Salisbury.

They tweeted: «Gratify avoid Salisbury city centre. A number of cordons are in place due to the continuing incident at the Cross Keys Shopping Centre.»

Pictures taken at the furor show the streets empty and a number of cordons in place.

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A shell disposal team is reportedly at the scene near Guildhall Square

A bombard disposal team is reportedly at the scene near Guildhall Square.

An onlooker, who has posted a picture to Twitter, wrote: «Market square in Salisbury cordoned off. Explosive scare at post office.»

Shops and offices have been cleared and local roads shut after an item was reported in a post office right before 3pm.

A 100m cordon is reportedly in place in the city centre, which is reasonable to remain in place throughout rush hour.

The Cathedral Hotel is contribution refuge to people who have been evacuated from the cordoned off compass, and the Bills restaurant is providing tea and coffee for the police.

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Representations taken at the scene show the streets empty and a number of cordons in transpire

A Wiltshire Police spokeswoman said: «We’re currently dealing with an on-going do in Salisbury city centre.

«We were called just before 2.45pm today (18/01) re a suspicious package inside the Cross Keys Shopping Centre.

«As a escape, the shopping centre has been evacuated and a cordon put in place. As a result, a army of nearby roads have been closed.

«Colleagues from the Plastic Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team are currently at the scene assisting us.

«We are advising everybody under the sun to avoid the city centre area and to consider using alternative carries home during rush hour.

Shortly before 7pm, police port side the scene and removed tape which was put up in the city centre.

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