What we know about tonight's bomb alert at Wrexham's B&Q store

Tensions ran high in Wrexham this evening after bomb squad experts were called to the town’s B&Q store. Staff were evacuated from the building and an adjacent road was blocked off as a robotic device was sent towards the store by members of the Royal Logistic Corps. Police secured the area and closed Berse Road and the main Mold Road roundabout to keep everyone at a safe distance.

By 7.50pm the two-hour incident had been declared over and the bomb disposal truck had left the area after examining a “suspicious package.” Eyewitness David Jones, who lives opposite the store, watched the drama unfold from an upstairs window. “It looks like it must have been a false alarm,” he said.

“They must have found a suspicious package or they wouldn’t have sent the bomb disposal team in.”

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Earlier Mr Jones, a market trader in Mold and Wrexham, had been watching TV with his partner when he was alerted to the incident. “I was in my front room when I saw blue flashing lights,” he said. “I didn’t immediately think much of it as emergency vehicles often drive past here.

“It was only when I went upstairs and looked out of the window that I realised something big was kicking off.” Get the North Wales Live newsletter delivered to your inbox every day for FREE – sign up here

Police cars blocked off access to the B&Q store and an army bomb disposal vehicle was called to the scene

Four police vehicles had arrived at the scene and were blocking off car park entrances. Store staff were moved further away from the scene and began congregating on Berse Road before moving to the adjacent Screwfix car park.

“They must have been freezing while standing outside,” said Mr Jones. “I think a lot of them were just waiting to collect their cars to go home.” At around 7.30pm a member of the bomb disposal team was seen entering the store.

Soon afterwards the RLC truck and police cars left the area. North Wales Police later said the Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit had examined a suspicious package in the B&Q store. “Confirmed that no danger to public and all roads now reopened,” officers Tweeted.

“Thank you for your patience.”

What we know about tonight's bomb alert at Wrexham's B&Q storeStore staff were moved to a safe distance

Mr Jones said the whole incident had been like a scene from a movie.

“Although the robot was a lot bigger than I imagined it would be!” he added.

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