Brighton beach bomb alert: Thousands evacuated in 16C warm spell after 'suspicious device' found

Brighton beach bomb alert: Thousands evacuated in 16C warm spell after 'suspicious device' found

April 18, 2021

SUNSEEKERS have been evacuated from Brighton beach following the discovery of a "suspicious device".

Police asked people to leave a section of the beach as large swathes of the Promenade were cordoned off.



Brighton and Hove Police warned Brits to stay away from the beach at around 2.20pm as temperatures hit 16C.

An item, thought to be an exploded mortar shell, was discovered with bomb disposal experts dispatched to inspect the item, the force said.

The beach has now been made safe, though investigations are said to be "ongoing".

A passer-by told the Argus: "I think it is a suspect device and apparently metal detectorists found it. 

"They are asking everyone to leave the beach and to stay away from the area."

In a statement, Brighton and Hove Police said: "A section of beach west of Brighton Palace Pier has been cordoned off after an item – possibly an unexploded mortar shell – was found. 

"The scene has been made safe while we await attendance from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal. 

"Please stay away from the area in the meantime."

 

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