5 July 2021

UPDATE: Westfield Woden reopened

| David Murtagh
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Westfield evacuation

Evacuation at Westfield this afternoon (5 July). Photo: Ian Bushnell.

3:00 pm: The public has been allowed back into Westfield Woden after the shopping centre was evacuated earlier this afternoon.

ACT Policing has reported that at about 1:10 pm, they received a report of a phone call relating to a threat to a store in the Westfield Woden Shopping Centre.

As a precaution, the shopping centre was evacuated. The store was searched and nothing suspicious was identified. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

ACT Policing has reminded the community that it is an offence to make false threats and every effort will be made to identify those responsible. The offence carries heavy penalties.

2:00 pm: ACT Policing is currently responding to an incident in the Westfield Woden Shopping Centre. The entire centre has been evacuated as a precaution and people are asked to avoid the area.

The surrounding roads remain open to the public.

Woden Westfield

Large numbers of shoppers have been evacuated from the centre.

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