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LONDON — Liverpool’s city center is on high alert following a bomb scare Friday. Following reports of a man inside a high-rise building, Silkhouse Court, in possession of a suspicious package, employees had set off a fire alarm and evacuated themselves from the premises.

Police were called to the scene, arresting the suspect and cordoning off a large area that included Titherban and Old Hall streets.

The area included a number of retailers including Urban Outfitters, as well as one of the city’s biggest malls, Liverpool One.

A Merseyside Police spokesman confirmed the incident: “Merseyside Police is dealing with a security alert at a business premises in Silkhouse Court, Tithebarn Street, Liverpool. Officers were called to the scene at about 10.30 a.m. today following reports of a man acting suspiciously and claiming to be in possession of a suspect package.”

The country has been on high alert since the Paris bomb attacks, last November. London’s Regent Street was closed twice during December after suspicious items were found near Hamleys toy store.

Also, a husband-and-wife terrorist group have been found guilty last December for planning a suicide bomb attack at Westfield mall.

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