County News: Bomb scare in Sussex town ‘not terrorism’

Shoppers being evacuated from the town centre by police due to a 'suspicious package'. Photo by Richard Warner

Shoppers being evacuated from the town centre by police due to a 'suspicious package'. Photo by Richard Warner

2
Have your say

A man has been arrested close to the scene where police are responding to a report of a suspicious package in a Sussex town.

Police were called to the McDonald’s restaurant in Wellington Place, Hastings, at 10.06am today (Friday, December 11) after a man went into the premises and placed a bag on the counter.

Police on the roundabout on Pelham Place. Photo by Natasha Clifton

Police on the roundabout on Pelham Place. Photo by Natasha Clifton

A Sussex Police spokesman said, “When officers responded, the bag was deemed to be suspicious and staff were evacuated from the restaurant.

“As police left the building a member of the public alerted them that a man had placed another bag in the street.

“The man was spotted, was challenged and arrested.

“An EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) unit arrived at the scene just after noon to examine the packages.

“The matter is not being treated as a terrorist incident at this time. The man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.”

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Pike said, “We must treat these packages seriously and that is why we have requested the expert assistance of the military.

“Until that is complete, there will be disruption in the area and I would ask people to remain patient.

“We will endeavour to return things to normal just as soon as is safely possible.”

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage

2) Like our Facebook page

3) Follow us on Twitter

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

Always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.