Alert at Bristol's Cabot Circus causes traffic chaos
- 21 August 2012
- From the section Bristol
A security alert at Bristol's Cabot Circus shopping centre led to traffic chaos.
Officers were called at 14:00 BST to reports of a suspicious package which had been left outside a shop.
At 17:00 BST a police spokesman said the cordon had been lifted following a controlled explosion on a briefcase.
Much of central Bristol came to a standstill after a number of roads were closed around the shopping centre.
A city council spokeswoman said roads up to a mile away were affected and the nearby M32 had been "severely affected".
Bus operator, First Bus, also said a number of its services had been affected by the incident.