Security guards in Iso Omena Shopping Centre in Espoo on Thursday, 2 May. A youngish man is suspected of menace for making a threat against the shopping centre earlier this week. (Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva)

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A YOUNGISH MAN has been arrested on suspicion of menace for making a threat against Shopping Centre Iso Omena in Espoo.

Western Uusimaa Police Department announced the arrest yesterday afternoon, a few hours after informing the public that there is no reason for nearby residents, business owners or others to avoid the shopping centre or its vicinity.

“We have this threat message, but we’ve found nothing concrete that would mean that residents should change their plans,” Petri Launiainen, the head of communications at Western Uusimaa Police Department, was quoted as saying on Thursday by Helsingin Sanomat.

Posted on the anonymity network Tor on Tuesday, 30 April, the shooting threat mentions the date 3 May and Iso Omena Shopping Centre. Screenshots of the threat began to circulate on social media on Wednesday, 1 May.

Teemu Värtinen, the officer in charge of the pre-trial investigation, stated yesterday in a press release that in the coming days police officers will be on patrol in and around shopping centres in Espoo. “This is part of our day-to-day co-operation with shopping centres,” he underlined.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

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