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Breaking: Broad Street reopened as bomb scare understood to be false alarm

Police have reopened Broad Street after cordoning off areas of central Oxford in an incident believed to be a bomb scare this morning.

The incident was declared at 10:51 today, with the public being asked to leave the Broad Street area. Blackwell’s Bookshop was closed, along with other Broad Street businesses and the King’s Arms, while Google Maps indicated that traffic to the area was restricted.

However, the police have told pedestrians that the incident is now believed to be a false alarm and Blackwell’s tweeted at 12:02 that the police have reopened Broad Street.

Cherwell understands that those on site in Hertford College were also asked to evacuate, and the Bodleian Library and Weston Library were temporarily closed. However, the Bodleian tweeted that the Rad Cam remained open to readers.

A live stream from the Oxford Martin School monitored the situation behind the cordon as police vehicles attended the scene.

However, it is understood that the area is now safe for the public as of midday.

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