The Orchard Centre in Didcot, Oxfordshire was placed on lockdown today
The Orchard Centre shopping centre was closed off after the item was found in Sainsbury’s.
Surrounding streets were sealed off and buildings cleared as police investigated.
An Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, which is actually based in Didcot, attended the scene.
Officers later declared an all-clear, explaining “the suspicious item found has been made safe”. Streets and shops are now being re-opened.
Police earlier said on Facebook: “Officers are currently at Sainsbury’s supermarket at the Orchard Centre in Didcot following a report of a suspicious item being found.
"A cordon is in place as a precaution in the area and officers appreciate the patience of members of the public while they are in attendance.
"Enquiries are under way to establish what the item is.”
The Orchard Centre is located in the heart of Didcot
A resident of the town told the Oxford Mail people were “worried” but “calm”.
He said: “All the staff had been moved away from the scene. It was pretty calm; people were obviously worried but there was no panic.
"There were four to five police cars. I've been told a suspicious package had either been delivered to Sainsbury's, or been found."
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