Man arrested on suspicion of Wakefield bomb hoax

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A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of a bomb hoax after a shopping centre had to be evacuated this afternoon.

Police were called at 12.25pm today to reports of a suspicious package which had been left at the Barclays Bank branch at the Trinity Shopping Centre in Wakefield.

A cordon was put in place and all nearby shops were evacuated.

CCTV showing a man dropping off a rucksack was viewed and a man was identified a short time later on a nearby street.

The bag was then examined by a specialist search officer and was found to contain food and clothes. At 1.30pm the cordon was lifted.

A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody on suspicion of a bomb hoax.