Evacuation exercise carried out at city's Princesshay shopping centre

PUBLISHED: 10:35 18 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 10 June 2010

SHOPS and offices in the Princesshay area of Exeter were this morning evacuated in an exercise carried out by the shopping complex s security staff.

SHOPS and offices in the Princesshay area of Exeter were this morning evacuated in an exercise carried out by the shopping complex's security staff.

The evacuation exercise began at 9am this morning and ended 45 minutes later.

Staff and customers were moved to assembly points around the centre.

The exercise was planned and carried out by the shopping centre and the police were drafted in to assist.

A Devon and Cornwall Constabulary police spokesperson said: "It is hoped the public will understand the need for such procedures."

On May 22 this year a bomb exploded at the Giraffe restaurant, in Princesshay, when the shopping complex became the target of a terrorist attack.

Hundreds were forced to flee the area after recent Muslim convert 22-year-old Nicky Reilly set off a nail bomb in the restaurant's toilet.

Reilly pleaded guilty to attempted murder and engaging in preparation of terrorist acts, when he appeared before the Old Bailey via video link.

He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Friday November 21.

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