Police have ordered a shopping centre to stay closed today due to “concrete indications about a possible attack”.

Terror police in Germany say they have indications about an attack at the shopping centre in Essen. In a statement, police said: “The current state of our investigations points to the threat being exclusively at the shopping centre.” Police said they could give no further details about the nature of the threat.

Germany is on high alert following major radical Islamist attacks in France and Belgium and after a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia drove a truck into a Christmas market in December, killing 12 people. Nine people were also injured in Dusseldorf following an axe attack on Thursday night when a man jumped off a train and began hitting people, apparently at random, with an axe at the city’s main train station.