Police investigate supermarket bomb threat

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Police are investigating a hoax bomb threat made to a Nelson supermarket this afternoon.

A member of staff at Morrisons took a call from a man at 2-30pm who said that a bomb had been placed in the store and that it should be evacuated.

Police said that staff duly activated the evacuation procedure soon afterwards and police attended the scene.

The store was searched by officers, however, the threat was quickly treated as a hoax and store management and customers were allowed back into the shop again an hour later.

Sgt Shaun Pearson, from Nelson police, said: “The call was a hoax and I can confirm that police are now investigating the matter and are working to identify the caller.

“There happened to be a team of specialist search officers in Nelson at the time we received a call and they carried out a search of Morrisons which found nothing.

“At 3-30pm, the management of the store, after consulting with headquarters, began letting customers back in again.”