Geraldton’s Northgate Shopping Centre evacuated due to “incident”

Tamra Carr and Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
Shoppers and staff wait alongside Chapman Road after they were evacuated from Northgate Shopping Centre following an incident this afternoon.
Camera IconShoppers and staff wait alongside Chapman Road after they were evacuated from Northgate Shopping Centre following an incident this afternoon. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

Northgate Shopping Centre has been re-opened following an incident that forced an evacuation this afternoon.

Shoppers have suggested on social media the evacuation was due to a suspected bomb threat, and Geraldton police confirmed they were investigating an incident at the shopping precinct.

The Chapman Road centre was evacuated around 2.30pm and people were advised to avoid the area.

Entrances to Northgate Shopping Centre were blocked by police after the complex was evacuated.
Camera IconEntrances to Northgate Shopping Centre were blocked by police after the complex was evacuated. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

The complex was re-opened around 3.45pm.

People posted on social media that they were told to run out of the building by security guards.

One community member commented she left behind some of the shopping she’d just paid for.

Witnesses told The Geraldton Guardian they believed police were checking cars parked at the complex.

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