A G7 HOTEL was forced into lockdown today after a suspicious package was found on site.
Around 100 guests were evacuated from the Falmouth Hotel in Cornwall and nearby areas at 4.55am as cops dramatically swooped in.
Around 100 guests were evacuated from the Falmouth Hotel in Cornwall after a suspicious package was found[/caption]
Police have since declared the scene safe and arrested a 20-year-old man from Falmouth on suspicion of a bomb hoax.
It comes after guests were told to immediately leave the building with officers banging on bedroom doors.
They were ordered to a car park in the grounds of the Victorian hotel overlooking Falmouth Bay as hotel staff said “it was a bomb scare”, The Mirror reports.
Devon and Cornwall Police said in a statement this morning: “Police were called at around 3:15am on Thursday 10 June following reports of a suspicious package having been located on the grounds outside of the Falmouth Hotel, Cliff Road in Falmouth.
“In order to maintain public safety, the area is currently being safely evacuated as a precautionary measure.”
A 100 metre cordon was put in place and Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal [EOD] were rushed to the scene.
Cops swooped in on the scene[/caption]
The Falmouth Hotel has gone into lockdown[/caption]
Those staying in the Falmouth Hotel, Madeira Hotel and campervans in the area, as well as neighbouring properties, were all evacuated as officers scoured the area.
Police later said an EOD assessment declared the reported device not viable and therefore safe.
They said: “In total around 100 people were displaced; these people are now being allowed back into their rooms and the 100 meter cordon is being removed.
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“We currently believe that this was a hoax incident and a criminal investigation has been launched.”
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