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Police were called to Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre on Thursday May 25 after reports of a suspicious package.

The Met Police confirmed it was not suspicious and police were stood down at around 1pm.

A spokesman said: "Police were called to Ealing Broadway to reports of a suspicious package at 12.50pm. Specialist units attended. The incident has now been stood down."

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Recap

Here is a reminder of the police’s statement on the incident yesterday afternoon in Ealing.

A spokesman for the Met Police said: “Police were called to Ealing Broadway to reports of a suspicious package at 12.50pm. Specialist units attended. The incident has now been stood down.”

Ealing Metropolitan Police tweeted that “everything is fine” after the cordons were lifted adding: “Thank you for your patience while we investigated.”

Don't delay - Just ACT, say police

Ealing Police wish to remind the public that if you suspect something, ‘don’t delay - Just ACT’ (Action Counters Terrorism)

You can call the anti-terror hotline on 0800 789 321 or dial 999.

Police urge social media users to seek official sources

An Ealing Police spokesman said: “We would always recommend visiting an official police social media account for accurate and reliable information.”

The advice came after many worried people took to Twitter claiming a gunman was on the loose - causing confusion and additional worry amongst those in the area.

Ealing Police Chief Superintendent says informer did the 'right thing' in alerting police

Chief Superintendent Paul Martin said: “We would like to thank the vigilance of the informant who contacted the police.

“It was the right thing to do.

“We would also like to thank the public for their support while my officers worked to establish the nature of the package.

“I would also like to address the numerous reports on social media that a man was seen with a gun in Primark and clarify that this was NOT the case.”

Ealing Police offer terror advice after the incident

Police confirm suspicious package posed no danger

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “It was a suspect package that turned out not to be suspect.
“It was totally harmless.”

However, police would not reveal exactly what the item was that caused the upheaval.

Read the full story: Gun rumours shut down by police

Rumours of a gunman in Ealing Broadway were quickly shut down by police after a security scare lead to the closure of the shopping centre.

Read our full story here: Police confirm incident ‘not-suspicious’ after shopping centre shut

Police had lined the entire street along the Ealing Broadway shopping centre

Police vehicles had lined up along the whole High Street in Ealing
Police vehicles had lined up along the whole High Street in Ealing (Image: @jokeTINGdaily)

Social media users take to Twitter to share their relief

Security worker snaps shot of multiple police vehicles that attended the scene

Multiple police vehicles were at the evacuation scene at Ealing Broadway
Multiple police vehicles were at the evacuation scene at Ealing Broadway (Image: @DVAsecurity)

Resident warns against scaremongering on Twitter after gun rumours

Chief Police officer confirms no gun was involved

Police confirm cordon lifted at around 1.15pm

Eyewitness records shoppers spilling onto High Street in Ealing

Reports of 'suspicious package'

Metropolitan Police confirmed they were called to Ealing Broadway shopping centre to reports of a ‘suspicious package’ at 12.50pm.

A spokesman for the force said: “Specialist units attended.

“The incident has now been stood down.”

Concerns were first raised at around 1pm