Alarms and evacuations from Leicester’s Highcross

By Ollie Churm


Shoppers from Leicester’s Highcross shopping centre were evacuated this afternoon, after alarms were sounded.

A fire alarm prompted the evacuation of the city shopping centre at about 2pm this afternoon and are said to have been set off completely accidentally due to building work going on in the centre.


Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to the incident but it was confirmed later that it was a false alarm.

The alarm caused disruptions but Highcross and the shops inside swiftly reopened.

A large area in the shopping centre, including the former Rackhams store, is being reconfigured as part of a multi-million development at the centre, which re-opened at the Highcross nearly 10 years ago in 2008, having previously been known as The Shires.

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