Specialist police officers and an Explosives Ordnance Disposal team have been called in to deal with a suspicious object spotted in the centre of Stevenage in Hertfordshire.
A picture has emerged on social media of what appeared to be a disposal coffee cup with wires attached.
In a statement, Hertfordshire Police said: "We are currently at the scene of an incident in Queensway, Stevenage, following reports of a suspicious object in the car park outside TK Maxx."
"A number of nearby shops and businesses have been evacuated and an 100m police cordon is in place as a precaution to ensure the safety of the people living and working in the locality.
"Road closures are currently in place on St Georges Way at the junction with Six Hills Way, Fairlands Way and Lytton Way so we would advise people to avoid the area."
Stevenage driver Lewis Hamilton has broken Michael Schumacher's record for the most Formula One pole positions by securing top spot ahead of Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.
The Mercedes man took the 69th pole of his career at a rain-soaked Monza - finishing ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen.
However, Verstappen and his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo will now both start further down the grid after they were hit with engine penalties, meaning youngsters Lance Stroll and Esteban Ocon will line up alongside Hamilton.
Europe’s pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor has left Airbus’ Stevenage site and is on its way to the launch site, the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.
Launch is currently planned on 9 October on a Rockot rocket.
The journey will take 5 days, will start with a flight to Moscow aboard an Antonov 124, followed by another flight to Archangelsk in the northwest of Russia. The last leg of the journey will be a train ride taking the satellite 200km south of Archangelsk to the Russian spaceport of Plesetsk.
Sentinel-5 Precursor is part of a global monitoring programme which aims to acquire continuous and accurate Earth observation data and provide services to improve the management of the environment and study climate change.
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Stevenage have signed former Norwich City academy defender Kevin Lokko after triggering his release clause at National League side Maidstone United.
The 21 year old centre-back, who is an England C international, played 46 games for Maidstone last season.
Lokko also had a spell at Colchester earlier in his career but is yet to make an appearance in the Football League.
Many will be surprised by the timing of this but Kevin’s attracted a lot of interest in recent months and I can more than understand why a league club would take a punt on him.
We of course wish him all the best and thank him for his efforts during last season.
Meanwhile, Southend United have signed 19-year-old French forward Amadou Ba following a successful trial.
Ba has agreed a two-year deal at Roots Hall.
Fellow Shrimpers striker Theo Robinson has also committed his future to the club by agreeing a one-year contract extension.
Stevenage have re-signed winger Chris Whelpdale League One side AFC Wimbledon on a one year deal.
The winger spent two years at Boro between 2014 and 2016.
The 30-year-old spent one season with the Dons last season and scored two goals in 23 appearances.
He left the club by mutual consent.
A Stevenage built satellite is heading to Russia for launch. The Sentinel 5P Satellite was designed and made at Airbus in the town.
Europe’s pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor is heading to the launch site at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.
The probe is part of the global monitoring programme “Copernicus”, a joint European Commission–ESA undertaking which aims to acquire continuous and accurate Earth observation data and provide services to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change.
"This mission will give Europe new way to measure global pollution levels in much greater detail.”
More on the Copernicus project.
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Hertfordshire police are appealing for help to trace a man who has gone missing from Stevenage.
Andrew McGuinn, who is 53-years-old, was last seen in the town at 9am on Tuesday 11th July.
Police have described McGuinn as:
- Around 6ft tall
- Stocky build
- bald head and goatee beard
- tattoo on his right am
Police are appealing for witnesses to a road accident in Stevenage which left a cyclist with serious injuries.
The man, in his 40s, was hurt on Thursday July 6th, at around 10.45 am, after he was in collision with a white transit van in Hertford Road, close to the junction with Brookhill.
He remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or believes they saw the cyclist or van shortly prior to the collision.