Pizza shop owner's shock at being centre of hoax terrorism alert (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Owner of Knaresborough pizza shop speaks of shock at hoax terrorism alert
A PIZZA shop owner has spoken of his shock at being at the centre of a terror scare.
The hoax call left staff in “considerable distress” after armed police stormed into the High Street in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, amid reports of a major public threat.
Owner of Paragon Pizza Razaul Karim said police told him they had information there was a gun or explosive powder inside his shop.
He said he was stopped in his car driving to work at 6pm yesterday (Wednesday, October 16) with colleagues, who were led away in handcuffs.
“Whatever happened is really bad. I want to make sure they find out who gave them this information and why," he said. "I have done nothing wrong. I have no idea what their reasons were.
“It’s a real shock to me. I can’t believe something like this would happen in Knaresborough.”
Officers thanked the staff and owners of Paragon Pizza for their full co-operation.
Paul Kennedy, Assistant Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, said: “We would like to reiterate our thanks to members of the public, local businesses and organisations who were affected by the closure of Knaresborough town centre on Wednesday afternoon.
“We have received many messages of support from members of the community which is very much appreciated.
“Although we have established that the calls were malicious and hoax, designed to cause inconvenience and disruption to the targeted business, our prime concern during the incident was to ensure the safety of members of the public.
“As a result, we ensured a rapid police response to the town centre.
“The incident has caused great concern to the people of Knaresborough and an investigation led by our Major Crime Unit is now underway to find out who was responsible and ensure they are brought to justice.”
If you have any information contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.
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