The reason for the evacuation of a popular Oxfordshire shopping centre this morning has been revealed.

It turns out shoppers at the Castle Quay in Banbury were forced to leave at around 11.30am due to a false alarm following the activation of a unit on-site.

A spokeswoman for the shopping centre said: "Customers and partners who had followed the automatic evacuation were updated and business resumed within a matter of minutes."

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The false alarm was investigated and confirmed by the Westgrove team.

Shutters were reportedly still down and alarms going off in the short aftermath of the store reopening.

Castle Quay is in the centre of Banbury and contains more than 60 shops, cafes and restaurants, a food and drink street, "canal-side entertainment venue" and car park.