City centre buildings evacuated as bomb squad swarm over ‘suspicious package’

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A large area of Leeds city centre has been cordoned off by police due to an ongoing incident.

Great Wilson Street, Meadow Lane, Neville Street, Victoria Road and Water Lane have all been shut, Leeds Live reports.

The closures have affected access to the main junction in the Leeds city centre, next to Bridgewater Place and Asda House and before the Neville Street bridge over the River Aire towards the train station.

Reporter, Laura Withers at the scene said: "The fire alarm in the BT building has just gone off and they’ve been told to evacuate.

"Also, I saw police officers going into the One Embankment building so I’m guessing they’ve asked them to do the same.

"People are leaving the building."

Police have been photographed stopping pedestrians from walking into the area.

One lady who worked in a nearby office said: “It was all very scary. All these police turned up and shut down the road.

"It was all very sudden and we didn’t know what it was about.

“People kept trying to walk down the road and police kept turning them away.”

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An Asda worker told the publication that they were asked to leave the building and were assured they would be allowed back inside – however, they have not been allowed to return yet.

They said when they left there was a small police presence but that’s now significantly increased.

A statement from West Yorkshire Police said: "Police are currently dealing with a suspect package incident in Leeds city centre.

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"At 11:12am today, police were called to a report of a suspect package received in the mail at Asda House, in Great Wilson Street, Leeds.

"Staff have been evacuated and a cordon has been put in place as a safety precaution.

"Road closures are in place in the area, including Great Wilson Street and Neville Street and people are advised to avoid the area while the incident is ongoing."

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