Man charge in connection with Debenhams bomb scare

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A MAN has been charged with communicating false information following a bomb hoax at a Bury St Edmunds department store yesterday.

Steven Cook, 35, of Devon Close, Bury, is due before Bury St Edmunds Magistrates on Friday June 29.

Police were called Debenhams in the Arc Shopping Centre just before 2pm after complaints that a man was displaying threatening behaviour to staff. A man was detained on suspicion of causing a public nuisance.

But police say they were then told that a bag containing an explosive device was in the store so Debenhams was evacuated with nearby stores temporarily closed.

The bag was searched and nothing suspicious was found.