Update, 5.30pm: Police have confirmed the bag was not suspicious. Cordons have been lifted. Click here to read the latest.
4.45pm: The suspicious bag has been examined by the EOD Team, who have carried out a controlled explosion. Cordons will be lifted soon.
4pm: The Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) unit has been dispatched from Nottingham and are on their way to Lincoln City Hall.
Police have been called to Lincoln City Hall, where a suspicious package has been left in the building.
The incident happened at around 2.20pm on Monday, November 28.
Staff and members of the public have been evacuated from the building until it is safe to return.
Police have closed Orchard Street, West Parade and Newland and are advising people to avoid the area if possible.
The City of Lincoln Council has said City Hall will be closed for the remainder of the day.
City Hall will not be reopening today. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We update further when possible.
— Lincoln Council (@lincolncouncil) November 28, 2016