Thousands ordered to leave as part of WestQuay in Southampton is closed

Daily Echo: Major shopping centre evacuated Major shopping centre evacuated

WESTQUAY shopping centre was evacuated this evening, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Thousands of Christmas shoppers were asked to leave part of the giant retail Mecca amid reports of an emergency at around 5.45pm.

Hampshire Police confirmed the evacuation was due to a fire alarm.

Shoppers have now been allowed back in the shopping centre.

They were ordered to leave the centre immediately after a loud speaker announcement.

Eyewitnesses reported how metal shutters were brought down over the entrances of major stores such as Superdry and River Island towards Above Bar.

A spokesman for WestQuay said: "We can confirm that one section of the centre was evacuated earlier this evening for around 30 minutes. 

"This was a false alarm with no risk to the public who were able to continue their visit very shortly afterwards. 

"We pride ourselves on our robust safety procedures which is why we were required to evacuate as a precaution on this occasion."

 

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6:15pm Mon 16 Dec 13

shirley-bill says...

west is not closed , the fire alarm went off in a service cupboard.
west is not closed , the fire alarm went off in a service cupboard. shirley-bill

6:50pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bigfella777 says...

Good, don't open it again either.
Good, don't open it again either. bigfella777

7:18pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

I was in the food court when the alarm first started to sound.
I was in the food court when the alarm first started to sound. Ginger_cyclist

7:32pm Mon 16 Dec 13

mmmmm says...

The place is a dump.
The place is a dump. mmmmm

7:41pm Mon 16 Dec 13

03alpe01 says...

mmmmm wrote:
The place is a dump.
just be thankful it's being extended!
[quote][p][bold]mmmmm[/bold] wrote: The place is a dump.[/p][/quote]just be thankful it's being extended! 03alpe01

7:41pm Mon 16 Dec 13

03alpe01 says...

mmmmm wrote:
The place is a dump.
just be thankful it's being extended!
[quote][p][bold]mmmmm[/bold] wrote: The place is a dump.[/p][/quote]just be thankful it's being extended! 03alpe01

7:54pm Mon 16 Dec 13

cantthinkofone says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
I was in the food court when the alarm first started to sound.
Great story!

;-)
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: I was in the food court when the alarm first started to sound.[/p][/quote]Great story! ;-) cantthinkofone

8:19pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Nod says...

Probably set off by disgruntled staff, rightly annoyed that the shops have to stay open until 10pm each night this week.
Probably set off by disgruntled staff, rightly annoyed that the shops have to stay open until 10pm each night this week. Nod

8:49pm Mon 16 Dec 13

thesouth says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
I was in the food court when the alarm first started to sound.
Sky news should know about this story
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: I was in the food court when the alarm first started to sound.[/p][/quote]Sky news should know about this story thesouth

9:24pm Mon 16 Dec 13

H0ckeyd says...

Nod wrote:
Probably set off by disgruntled staff, rightly annoyed that the shops have to stay open until 10pm each night this week.
A bit like Sundays, full of penny-pinching companies with a skeleton staff of part-timers yet virtually every customer will treat it as if it's just another day and will be shocked when there is no one to serve them.
[quote][p][bold]Nod[/bold] wrote: Probably set off by disgruntled staff, rightly annoyed that the shops have to stay open until 10pm each night this week.[/p][/quote]A bit like Sundays, full of penny-pinching companies with a skeleton staff of part-timers yet virtually every customer will treat it as if it's just another day and will be shocked when there is no one to serve them. H0ckeyd

9:43pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

cantthinkofone wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
I was in the food court when the alarm first started to sound.
Great story!

;-)
Better than some of the trash you see coming from the reporters on this site.
[quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: I was in the food court when the alarm first started to sound.[/p][/quote]Great story! ;-)[/p][/quote]Better than some of the trash you see coming from the reporters on this site. Ginger_cyclist

12:54am Tue 17 Dec 13

dango says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
I was in the food court when the alarm first started to sound.
who cares?
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: I was in the food court when the alarm first started to sound.[/p][/quote]who cares? dango

7:24am Tue 17 Dec 13

Cyber__Fug says...

"WESTQUAY shopping centre was evacuated this evening, the Daily Echo can reveal."

So there's an incident in a City centre Shopping complex, 100's are evacuated and involved yet the Echo "reveal" it as if they've uncovered an highly secret operation ! oh dear oh dear.... visions of grandeur again DE ?
"WESTQUAY shopping centre was evacuated this evening, the Daily Echo can reveal." So there's an incident in a City centre Shopping complex, 100's are evacuated and involved yet the Echo "reveal" it as if they've uncovered an highly secret operation ! oh dear oh dear.... visions of grandeur again DE ? Cyber__Fug

7:32am Tue 17 Dec 13

__KTF__ says...

"WESTQUAY shopping centre is reopen to shoppers"

More Echo 'That'll do'.
"WESTQUAY shopping centre is reopen to shoppers" More Echo 'That'll do'. __KTF__

8:39am Tue 17 Dec 13

Raxx says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
cantthinkofone wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
I was in the food court when the alarm first started to sound.
Great story!

;-)
Better than some of the trash you see coming from the reporters on this site.
Fair point lol
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: I was in the food court when the alarm first started to sound.[/p][/quote]Great story! ;-)[/p][/quote]Better than some of the trash you see coming from the reporters on this site.[/p][/quote]Fair point lol Raxx

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