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Didcot supermarket 'bomb hoax' suspect detained

The Orchard Centre in Didcot Image copyright Google
Image caption Thames Valley Police said the item was "made safe" before enquires found it was not dangerous

A man has been arrested in connection with a "bomb hoax" at a shopping centre in Oxfordshire.

The Orchard Centre, in Didcot, was evacuated following a report of a suspicious item at Sainsbury's.

The area remained cordoned off until lunchtime on Monday whilst police investigated the item.

Police confirmed it was "not a danger to the public" and a 35-year-old man, from Didcot, was arrested on suspicion of making a bomb hoax.

Image copyright Twitter
Image copyright Twitter
Image copyright Twitter

Insp Adrian Lewis, of Thames Valley Police, said: "I would like to thank the community for their patience while officers secured the immediate area."

In a tweet, the force said the item was "made safe" before investigators confirmed it was not dangerous.

Mayor of Didcot, Councillor Jackie Billington said: "All credit to our emergency services who put the cordon in place immediately."

Insp Lewis said: "I'd like to reassure people the incident is not being linked to recent terrorism events in Manchester."

He added people should continue to report anything suspicious: "Information from the public is always very important - you are also our eyes and ears."

Police said the 35-year-old man, who was arrested, has been released under investigation and enquires continue.

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