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    Bomb disposal officers and special police have been called to the southeastern English town of Stevenage due to a suspicious object, and local shops and businesses have been evacuated, according to Hertfordshire police.

    According to the Comet newspaper, an alleged explosive device in the shape of a coffee cup with microchips attached to it was found on Wednesday morning near the TK Maxx shopping center. The discovery prompted an evacuation of nearby businesses and shops and the area was subsequently cordoned off.

    Police and bomb disposal officers have arrived at the scene.

    "We are currently at the scene of an incident in Queensway, Stevenage, following reports of a suspicious object in the car park… Specialist police officers are at the scene and the Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) are due to arrive shortly to identify and safely remove the object. A number of nearby shops and businesses have been evacuated and a 100m police cordon is in place as a precaution to ensure the safety of the people living and working in the locality," the police said in a statement.

    Army bomb squad has also arrived at the scene, according to BOBFM news outlet.

    ​The roads in the town were partially blocked.

    This comes in the wake of the bombing at London's Parsons Green station earlier in September, which left almost 30 people injured. Following the incident, the threat level in the country was raised to "critical," but later downgraded to "severe." Police said the incident was an act of terrorism and the terrorist group Daesh (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack.


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