SHOPPERS in Taunton were startled this morning after they were evacuated from the Orchard Shopping Centre - but it was just a drill. 

A spokesman from Orchard said that it is a legal requirement for the centre to carry out the drill twice a year. 

He said: "It was just a drill. It's a legal requirement for us to completely evacuate twice a year. 

"We've now done this. 

"It took a total of 28 minutes and the centre was opened again at around 10am."