Police have declared a critical incident after they received reports of suspicious packages left at a pub in Bristol.
The incident was initially declared as major earlier today following reports of suspicious packages being left at the Three Lions pub in Bedminster.
Police said following a review of the current situation, they are treating the situation as a critical incident instead, which is a lower threshold.
Officers have cordoned off part of West Street and a number of residents gave been evacuated from their homes.
Avon and Somerset Police released this statement earlier today: “Emergency services are at a pub in West Street, Bedminster.
“Police were called to The Three Lions at 12.40pm after receiving reports of suspicious packages being left at the site.
“As a precaution, people have been evacuated from the pub and some nearby properties. A 50m cordon is in place.
We’d ask the public to avoid the area. A major incident has been declared while searches are carried out.
“The pub and nearby properties have been evacuated as searches are carried out.”
Police have asked motorists to use alternative routes as emergency services remain at the scene.