Panic was sparked in Oxford Street following false reports of a terror attack on Black Friday last year
Panic was sparked in Oxford Street following false reports of a terror attack on Black Friday last year Credit: AFP

Counter-terror police have asked high street shops to develop emergency contingency plans to prevent widespread panic during reports of terror attacks.

Staff working in busy stores in the run up to Christmas will all be issued with a ‘sixty second’ security checklist to improve reaction times and ensure evacuations can take place as smoothly as possible.

As well as having a clear understanding about who is in charge of emergency plans, all retail staff will be expected to know when it is appropriate to evacuate a store and when it is best to order a lock down and tell shoppers to stay put.

They will also be asked to familiarise themselves with all the best places to hide in the shop in the event of a marauding terrorist attack.

The plans are being rolled out in a bid to avoid the sort of wide scale panic that took place last November, following false reports of a terror attack in Oxford Circus.

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