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Officers cordoned off a part of the market town after the alarm was raised. A Tesco retailer shut to the place the article was found has reportedly been placed on lockdown and retailers within the space have closed their doorways as a precautionary measure. Fareham Police stated officers specialising within the protected disposal of explosives have been helping with the operation.

The power tweeted: “We are currently dealing with a police incident on West Street, Fareham. 

“Police are erecting a 100m cordon from Poundland on West Street & advise folks to avoid the realm right now.”

They added: “This is a joint emergency service response, together with explosive ordnance disposal workforce (EOD) following the invention of a suspicious package deal.

“The cordon remains in place at this time and this will have an impact on transport links including buses.

“Fareham Shopping Centre has additionally been closed as a precaution, as public security is paramount.”

Specialist bomb disposal officers are using an X-ray machine to examine the suspicious device, according to reports.

No injuries have been reported.

A video posted online showed crowds of curious onlookers gathered near a police cordon. 

Hundreds of shoppers were evacuated from West Street and the town’s shopping centre at lunchtime. 

Express.co.uk has contacted stores in the area for more information. 

First Bus Portsmouth announced changes to its routes due to the closure of the bus station in Fareham. 

They said: “Due to the closure of Fareham Bus Station due to an ongoing incident, all change-overs will happen on the A32, Fareham, earlier than the Market Quay Roundabout.”

Some people took to social media to express their concern about the incident.

One man siad: “Worrying information rising from Fareham this afternoon.

“Thoughts with Fareham Police, JSEODOC and all responding.”

He was referring to Joint Service EOD, which includes each navy and civil bomb disposal specialists.

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