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18 December 2014, 06:17
Derbyshire Police have spoken out to deny rumours of a plot against shopping centres.
It's after messages on social media saying not to go into shopping centres next week.
Officers say it's an urban myth and it's not the first time they've heard it.
In a statement they've told Capital:
"Derbyshire police have quashed rumours about warnings not to go to shopping centres this weekend.
Officers have been made aware of a number of reports where a good Samaritan has allegedly helped a man in Derby, and in return this man has warned them not to be in the intu shopping centre on a certain date, either December 20th or 22nd.
Many different variations of alleged similar scenarios are being reported in different shopping centres across the country.
It has become apparent that this is being widely talked about within communities and on social media, and that people are becoming worried. These reports have been looked into by police and it has been found that this is an urban myth, and there is no credibility to it; similar myths have circulated at this time of year for many years.
Although this story has been found to be untrue, we would remind people to remain vigilant at all times and report suspicious activity to shopping centre staff or the police."