'Shots fired' at Dome

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Armed police have been called to the Millennium Dome amid reports that shots were fired.

Armed police have been called to the Millennium Dome amid reports that shots were fired.

The Flying Squad was carrying out a "major operation" which had led to several arrests, Scotland Yard said. It is believed to be centred on the attraction's 'Money' zone where 12 of the world's most valuable diamonds are on display.

They include the 203-carat De Beers Millennium Star, a priceless gem.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said of the operation: "It is taking place in and around the Dome and there have been a number of arrests so far". But she was unable to confirm reports that shots were fired.

Officers arrived at the site in Greenwich, south east London, at around 9am. The Dome, which would normally have opened at 10am, is still shut to the general public.

There have been reports that a bulldozer was used to breach the Dome's perimeter fence. It is also believed police may have been tipped off about the robbery attempt and that they may have lain in wait for the culprit.

The attraction is due to shortly reopen to the public.

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