Oadby town shops evacuated in suspicious package alert

A Leicestershire charity shop was evacuated after a suspicious package was delivered to the address.

The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance shop, on Chestnut Avenue in Oadby, was evacuated at 15:45 GMT on Tuesday, police said.

Several other premises were also cleared and nearby roads were cordoned off while the scene was investigated.

Nothing dangerous was found in the box. A man was later arrested and released without charge over the incident.

Emma Johns, from the air ambulance charity shop, said: "A gentleman came in with some donations... there was a package sealed and marked 'don't open bomb'.

"It was obviously very frightening and the staff member dealt with it in the correct way, she evacuated the shop and called the police."

Shop manager Louise Kenyon said she followed clear procedures given by Leicestershire Police, who cordoned off The Parade shopping area for more than two hours.

"We rang 999 and we were advised by the police to evacuate," she said.

"The box was well sealed so that made me more aware of it."

Police have thanked the public for their patience during the security alert that closed parts of the town.

The charity shop reopened on Wednesday morning for business as usual.

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