Designer Outlet fire drill sparks bomb fears
The Ashford Designer Outlet had a routine drill on Wednesday morning sparking ‘bomb scare’ rumours among shoppers.
The McArthurGlen stores in Kimberley Way were notified of what would happen on Tuesday, according to a shop worker, who did not want to be named.
But the drill was a complete surprise to customers, who were leisurely browsing the shops when they were told to leave the premises.
The practice run went ahead at 10am to give everyone a chance to familiarise themselves with where they should meet in the event of an emergency.
It is understood that people who had parked up inside the venue were asked not to get out of their cars.
The worker said: “This was only a test. People were over there for 10 minutes.
“If customers were in the store they would also have to follow staff, who went back to work afterwards.”
When the Express received a tip-off about the drill from a resident, the initial concern was that people were being evacuated due to a potential bomb at the retail centre.
But police confirmed that they had not been called and that the incident was dealt with by internal security.
Designer Outlet customers were caught off-guard by the safety test