6 July 2021

National Portrait Gallery evacuated

| Dominic Giannini
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The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery has been evacuated. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The National Portrait Gallery has been evacuated and police have closed roads in the area after a possible threat has been made.

An ACT Policing spokesperson said officers were responding to an incident at the gallery.

“The building has been evacuated as a precaution and people are asked to avoid the area,” the spokesperson said.

The incident follows the evacuation of the Westfield Shopping Centre at Woden yesterday after ACT Policing received a report of a phone call relating to a threat to a store at about 1:10 pm.

The shopping centre was evacuated as a precaution. The store was searched and nothing suspicious was identified.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

It is unclear if the two incidents are linked.

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