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Southend Pier evacuated after suspect package found

Hundreds came to watch the 54th Annual Southend-on-Sea Pier Barge Match Credit: ITV News Anglia

Visitors to the Southend-on-sea Barge match have been told to evacuate the area after a suspect package was found under the pier.

People have been told to get on the train which travels to and from the pier and aren't being allowed to walk down the pier.

It was later identified by the coastguard as a lump of concrete and not suspicious.

Services to the pier train were disrupted temporarily and resumed at midday.

Hundreds of people flocked to the seaside town to watch the races from 10am this morning.