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London shopping centre evacuated as ‘armed police seen entering’

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A shopping centre in London was evacuated today with armed police seen entering, according to reports.

Surrey Quays shopping centre, in south east London, is said to have been evacuated this afternoon.

Pictures posted on social media showed shoppers stood outside the glass-fronted building.

Twitter user James Bee wrote: “Surrey Quays shopping centre has been evacuated!

“Several armed police were seen entering not long before.”

Photos also posted online showed armed police inside the building.

One social media user wrote: "All going off."

The centre has a number of shops inside which remain open during England’s second national lockdown.

A spokesman for the shopping centre told Express.co.uk there were two different incidents this afternoon.

A fire alarm was falsely set off and visitors were evacuated as a result.

Meanwhile, police officers were already at the shopping centre as they were searching for an armed person.

The spokesman for the building said: "There were two separate incidents as the first was a false fire alarm.

"Police were already on site for an armed suspect in a nearby Tesco, but they did not find him."

This includes a Tesco Extra, a Boots and banks including Halifax, HSBC and Santander.

There are also restaurants open for takeaway.

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