Two loud bangs have been heard coming from the direction of Westborough where police have been dealing with a suspicious package since just before 9am.
The first came just after noon about 10 minutes after a bomb disposal robot was sent into the scene, the second came soon after at 12.20pm.
Police this morning closed off North Street, in Scarborough town centre, after a suspicious package was found in the area.
There is no access at either end of North Street, and vehicles are unable to enter and exit the NCP car park and now stores including Marks and Spencer have been evacuated as the police has grown up to Aberdeen Walk.
Waterhouse Lane and Aberdeen Terrace have also been closed off.
The army sent a team from Catterick to deal with the suspect device.
The Scarborough News understands that a shop worker raised the alarm after spotting what looked like a suspicious device in an abandoned pram.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Officers were alerted to the scene at Miss Selfridge in Westborough at 8.52am today.
“It is unclear what the item is at this stage.
“As a precaution while enquires continue, the area has been cordoned off and members of the public are asked to avoid the area for the time being.
“A team from the Army has been called in to assist.
“We will keep you updated on any developments and we thank the public for their patience during the disruption.”
More to come throughout the day.