Police have confirmed the incident which shut down Knaresborough town centre this evening was the result of a hoax.
One early report has suggested a person has been held hostage in the town centre’s So Bar on Briggate at about 4.30pm, although this is not confirmed.
Police have not yet confirmed what is happening but said: “Police are currently dealing with an incident in the High Street area of Knaresborough.
“As a precaution, the High Street has been closed and pupils at a nearby school have been asked to remain inside for the time being.
“We will keep you updated with developments.”
Local officers added: ““There is an ongoing incident. It is under control. There is no threat to the general public at this time.”
More will be published as we get it.