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Police confirm package 'not suspicious'

Police have now confirmed an item found in the toilets of the Empire Cinema in Newcastle city centre's The Gate is not suspicious.

As a precaution, Explosives Ordnance Depot (EOD) attended and examined the item, which it has now established is not suspicious, and it has been removed.

Public safety is our priority and a section of the cinema was evacuated as a precaution.

The item has been examined and is not suspicious and the cinema has now fully re-opened.

We recognise Newcastle is busy today and we worked with our partners to keep disruption to a minimum. I'd like to thank the public for their patience and support throughout this incident.

– Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenen

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Police reassure public 'this is in very early stages'

Officers are reassuring the public after reports of a suspicious package being left in the toilets at The Gate in Newcastle city centre.

I'd like to emphasise this is purely precautionary while the item is recovered.

We appreciate the city centre is busy and we're doing everything possible to minimise disruption but public safety is our priority.

Officers are in the city centre to speak with people and reassure them about the circumstances. This is in the very early stages and we'll update people once we have further information.

– Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenen, of Northumbria Police

Evacuation in Newcastle city centre

A section of the Empire Cinema at The Gate in Newcastle city centre has been evacuated as a precaution following reports of a potentially suspicious package.

At 2:30pm today (Monday, 22nd December), police received a report of a potentially suspicious package in the toilets of the Empire Cinema.

As a result a section of the cinema has been evacuated as a precaution to allow the recovery of this item and further investigation.

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