Police hunt for ‘malicious caller’ who sparked evacuation of Monks Cross

A police officer guards the roundabout at the entrance to Monks Cross Shopping Centre. Photographs: Mia Titley
12 Aug 2015 @ 12.07 pm
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Police are investigating a hoax call which led to the evacuation of a major York shopping centre.

Hundreds of shoppers and shop staff were cleared from Monks Cross Shopping Centre after police received a report of a suspicious package there.

The call came through at 10.10am on Wednesday (August 12). The centre was evacuated, roads were closed, and a major operation involving the emergency services got underway.

A North Yorkshire police spokeswoman said at the time:

As a precaution and to ensure the safety of the public, a cordon has been put in place and shops have been evacuated.

Officers are conducting a full search of the area.

But that search found nothing and police sanctioned the reopening of Monks Cross just before 1pm, satisfied that there was no danger posed to the public.

Now the hunt has begun to find the ‘malicious’ caller who sparked the incident.

No way through as police search the shopping centre
No way through as police search the shopping centre
A large police presence
A large police presence

The spokeswoman said:

We would like to thank the members of the public and the affected businesses for their patience and understanding while we dealt with the incident.

The safety of all concerned was our main priority.

We are treating the call as malicious and an investigation is underway to find out who was responsible.

Anyone who has information about the caller is asked to contact police.

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Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, press option 1 and pass information on to the Force Control Room
Or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Quote reference number NYP-12082015-0119