Two men have been arrested on suspicion of "communicating false information with intent" after police were called about a "suspect package" at IKEA Wembley.
The large Brent furniture outlet confirmed there had been a "security threat" and hundreds of customers were told to leave the store as it was evacuated.
People inside the store assembled in the car park after being told to leave, awaiting police instructions.
One witness, Sammie Hillman, said: “After we were evacuated we stayed in the car park of IKEA for about 30 minutes to see if we were able to get back in.
“The police advised us to leave because the store was unsure whether they would open or not.”
The store reopened three hours later, at 5.30pm.
On Wednesday April 26, a police spokesman said: “Two men (no further details) were arrested at the scene on suspicion of communicating false information with intent, contrary to Section 51 (2) of the Criminal Law act 1977."
Another police spokesperson confirmed this morning (Thursday April 27) that the men, who have not been named, are still in police custody but have not yet been charged.
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