At 3.45pm this afternnon, a witness said shoppers had been evacuated from the shopping centre, in Rotherhithe, Southwark, south east London. A spokesman for the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre told Express.co.uk there were two different incidents this afternoon. Shoppers were evacuated after a fire alarm was falsely set off.
Police were already at the shopping centre as they were searching for an armed person.
He said: “There were two separate incidents as the first was a false fire alarm.
“Police were already on site for an armed suspect in a nearby Tesco, but they did not find him.”
The Met Police also confirmed this to Express.co.uk.
“He has not been found but enquiries continue to locate him.
“Officers will remain in the area while the search continues.”
Pictures on social media show shoppers stood outside.
James Bee tweeted: “Surrey Quays shopping centre has been evacuated!
“Several armed police were seen entering not long before.”
Another picture on Twitter shows police officers with guns inside.
They are seen stood together while wearing face masks.
Another person wrote: “All going off.”
A third said: “Keep away from Surrey Quays.”
The shopping centre has an array of shops inside which are still open despite England’s second national lockdown.
This includes a Tesco Extra, as well as a Boots, Halifax, HSBC and Santander.
Restaurants inside the shopping centre are also open for takeaway.
Published at Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:55:00 +0000