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Guests return to Brighton's Grand Hotel following bomb scare

Staff and guests have returned to the Grand Hotel in Brighton following a bomb scare.

The hotel received an anonymous phone call on Sunday afternoon from someone claiming there was an explosive device on site.

The Grand Hotel in Brighton was evacuated on Sunday afternoon. Credit: Eddie Mitchell

The hotel was evacuated and Sussex Police bomb squad were called. They carried out a search of the hotel, but found nothing suspicious.

Road closures and closures of adjacent car parks are being withdrawn.

Bomb disposal experts from Sussex Police attended the scene Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Police say the call is now being regarded as a hoax.The adjacent Brighton Centre was evacuated as part of the precautions because it has an adjoining wall with the hotel, but the call did not threaten the Centre.

Staff and guests were allowed back into the hotel at around 9:30pm Credit: Eddie Mitchell

"It was important that this report was thoroughly looked into, and we are grateful for the patience and understanding of staff, guests, and people using the nearby car parks, whose afternoon and evening was disrupted.

"A comprehensive criminal investigation is underway to trace the person responsible for the call. We are not disclosing any details of the call, but certain lines of enquiry are being actively followed."

– Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell