Tesco bomb alert sparks evacuation as police scramble to scene

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A Tesco call centre in Dundee has been evacuated after a "potentially suspicious package" was found at the premises on Monday morning.

The building on Baird Avenue has been emptied as a precaution and emergency services are now attending the scene.

Bomb disposal experts are also currently en route to the call centre.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "We were made aware around 10.10am on Monday, December 21 of a potentially suspicious package received at premises on Baird Avenue in Dundee.

"The premises has been evacuated as a precaution. Officers are currently at the scene and Explosive Ordnance Disposal has been contacted and will be attending."

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One appliance from the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service is also in attendance at the scene.

The incident comes two and a half years after the same Tesco call centre had to be evacuated due to reports of other suspicious items being sent to the building.

In April of 2018 bomb disposal experts were called to Baird Avenue to carry out a controlled explosion, the Courier reports.

It was later found the packages were "never intended to caused harm".

Tayside Police said at the time: "Police Scotland can confirm that shortly after 4pm, a controlled explosion was carried out by EOD on a package found at a call centre in Baird Avenue, Dundee.

"We will provide more info ASAP. We would like to thank the public for their patience."

A Tesco spokesperson said at the time: “"We have temporarily closed our Customer Engagement Centre in Dundee and are supporting the police with their enquiries. We hope to reopen as soon as possible."

Roads around the call centre were closed and locals were warned to avoid the area.

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