Police evacuate street in Cardiff after ‘threats made at hotel’

A busy Christmas shopping street was evacuated by police after a security alert at a city centre hotel.

Hundreds of shoppers were warned to stay away and a large security cordon has been set up on St Mary Street in Cardiff city centre.

Meanwhile dozens of shops and businesses were ordered to evacuate by police and a fire engine and ambulance arrived on nearby Westgate Street.

Police were called in after threats were made to staff at a busy tourist hotel centre.

Staff and residents were evacuated from the Sandringham Hotel.

Witnesses said it is feared a suspect may still be inside the hotel.

A South Wales Police spokesman said: "At around 3.15pm today officers received information that threats had been made to people in a city centre hotel.

"Staff and a number of residents have now safely left the premises with no reports of any injuries.

"A police cordon is in place and a number of buildings have been evacuated as a precaution. The incident is on-going."

Panicked shoppers along with restaurant diners and pub-goers were told to stop what they were doing as large stores including House of Fraser were closed.

A McDonald’s, Subway, Tesco, Oxfam and a string of independent stores in popular Morgan Arcade were also closed by police.

A police spokesman said: "South Wales Police is currently responding to an on-going incident in the St Mary Street area of Cardiff city centre.

Cardiff Central MP Jo Stevens tweeted: "Please keep safe & follow police advice."

Shopper Anton Belov said: "There are at least 20 police.

"People were being evacuated from McDonalds and other shops.

"Police were shouting to people to move off street.

"About half of the street is taped off.”

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