CCTV released after IED planted in shopping centre

POLICE have issued CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to after an improvised explosive device was planted “deliberately” in a North West shopping centre.

Thursday, 17th December 2015, 4:02 pm

The Fishergate Shopping Centre in Preston was locked down for hours and bomb disposal experts were called in, after the “crude” device went off in the men’s toilets.

Now a manhunt has been launched, and police have released CCTV footage of a “person of interest”.

Army bomb disposal experts, who made a 50-mile dash from their base in Chester, deployed a remote controlled robot to search the shopping mall as police revealed the device had been planted deliberately with the intention of endangering life.

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The alarm was raised just after 9am when the incendiary ignited and was quickly extinguished by a member of the public.

Centre staff ordered a full evacuation, and police said: “The safety of the public is our top priority.”

Officers examined CCTV footage in the centre and have released footage of a man they would like to speak to about the incident.

The Fishergate Shopping Centre is closed and the army bomb disposal team is called in after a suspicious package was discovered