Shopping complex evacuated as Army are called in to deal with suspicious

A shopping complex in the centre of Reading is on lockdown after the Army were called to deal with the reported discovery of a bag with wires protruding from it. Police evacuated hundreds of people from The Oracle and ordered those in nearby buildings to stay indoors and away from the windows at 9am Tuesday.Roads have been sealed off to allow an Army bomb disposal squad to investigate the suspicious package, which was reportedly found in the shopping centre toilets. The local council offices are also within the police cordon and the public were prevented for entering the building.Several hours after the discovery was made, a spokesman for Thames Valley Police said that they were continuing to treat the object as suspicious and advised workers in nearby officers to remain inside their buildings. The Oracle complex had 90 shops, a 12 screen cinema and restaurants which line the banks of the River Kennet which flows through the shopping centre.The retail unit covers two storeys of mall and includes Debenhams and House of Fraser there was multi-storey car park. Restaurants include Jamie’s Italian, Wagamama and Pizza Express. Bridge Street is currently locked down as The Oracle is evacuated. #rdguk pic.twitter.com/g55PFoJeW8— Gemma Davidson (@gemdavidson23) June 12, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sources told the Reading Chronicle the bag containing wires was reported to police by a member of the public.The River Kennet runs through the centre of the Oracle Centre which is popular with shoppers from across the south of England.The police spokesman said: “Officers were called to the centre at 9am and have since cordoned off the area from the public as a precaution. “Nearby restaurants have also been evacuated as officers work to establish the nature of the item. Our officers remain at the scene at the Oracle shopping centre, Reading as we deal with a suspicious item. We’d like to thank everyone for their continued patience as we deal with the incident. pic.twitter.com/X72FCI5Snp— Thames Valley Police (@ThamesVP) June 12, 2018 “A cordon has been put around the large shopping centre, with the huge multi-storey car-park also being closed.”A spokesman for The Oracle said: “The safety of our staff and customers is our priority and we are working to support the police with their investigations.” read more