AN army bomb disposal team has carried out a small controlled explosion of a suitcase that sparked a security alert in Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon this evening.
The Herald has been told the suitcase contained souvenirs and clothes.
All roads around town were fully open at around 8.45pm, Warwickshire Police said.
Workers were evacuated at around 5.15pm after a suspicious package was reported to police between Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Boston Tea Party at the Windsor Street end of the pedestrianised road.
Premises at that end of Henley Street were told to leave at around 5.15pm and a cordon put up across to the Shakespeare Centre.
Shortly before 6.30pm that cordon was extended to beyond Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
At around 7pm the cordon was extended to Windsor Street, Guild Street, Wood Street and Birmingham Road, and an army bomb disposal unit was seen arriving.
James Gordhan, who works in Henley Street, told the Herald: “The evacuation was orderly, but they were definitely panicked. It was more of a strong suggestion than an order.”