Fareham town centre evacuated over suspicious package

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Police cordon off Fareham due to suspicious package

Part of a town centre was evacuated after a suspicious package was discovered by shop workers.

The package was found in Fareham by shop staff near Poundland in West Street at about 13:00 BST.

Hampshire Constabulary said a Royal Navy explosive disposal team found the item posed no threat and made it safe. A 100m cordon in the area had been lifted by 16:30.

The force said it was satisfied there was "no threat to the public".

Mike Tudor, who was working near West Street, said: "We could see that there was a police cordon stretching to cover the majority of the town centre near Poundland.

"Several emergency vehicles passed us and a navy bomb disposal vehicle."

He added workers and shoppers were allowed to return to the shopping centre once the cordon was lifted.

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Police posted a picture with a Royal Navy bomb disposal robot

Hampshire Constabulary also thanked a nearby Tesco supermarket for providing water to members of the public and emergency services.

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