An Accrington county councillor has been caught up in the evacuation of a Preston shopping centre.
The Fishergate Shopping Centre in Preston has been evacuated as a precautionary measure after a suspicious device was found in a bin.
There are currently no further details about the nature of the device, but police say that it appears to have gone off causing no real damage and no injuries.
Oswaldtwistle County Councillor Peter Britcliffe was at county hall to attend a council meeting and was heading to the Fishergate when the incident unfolded.
He said: “I went into the shopping centre at lunchtime but all the shops are closed and the police are here.
“There’s been no indication as to when the shops will reopen but the County Council meeting is going ahead as planned.”
In a statement on their website, Lancashire Police said they were called at around 9.10am on Thursday, December 17 to a report that a device had been found within a bin.
The shopping centre management decided to evacuate the centre as a precaution.
Police are in attendance at the centre and are asking the public to stay away from the area.
A police spokesman said: “The safety of the public is our top priority and so the Fishergate Centre has been evacuated as a precaution and is currently closed. The rest of Preston town centre remains open for business.
“Our colleagues from the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) have been called to assist us with our inquiries and to help in the disposal of the device.”