Town centre evacuated after suspicious device found

Police have cordoned off the centre of a town near to the Lincolnshire border to investigate reports of a suspicious device.

East Bassetlaw Police evacuated Retford Town Hall and the CCL Building around the Market Place.

They were called at around 8.43am on Monday, September 3 to a report that a package and suspicious device was found inside a property.

A spokesperson said: “As a precaution we’ve requested the assistance of the Joint Services Explosive Ordinance Disposal Engineers, who are currently in attendance, and have cordoned off the area.

“Staff have been evacuated from Retford Town Hall and the CCL Building as a precaution.

“Exchange Street has been closed as far as Man Furnishing and where it joins the cobbles.

“Chancery Lane is also closed at the junction with the Opera Tea Rooms and public toilets.

“Officers do not believe there’s a risk to the general public but we’re advising people to avoid the area until further notice.”