Brighton seafront evacuated following bomb scare

An anonymous tip-off was received at 4:30pm

The Grand hotel and the Brighton Centre on the seafront have been evacuated following a bomb scare this afternoon, along with the closure of West Street and the A259 road between the i360 and the Palace Pier.

Sussex Police said that The Grand Hotel had an anonymous tip-off at 4.30pm alleging that there was an explosive device there.

 Photo by Henry Summers

Photo by Henry Summers

The scare was called as the annual TUC conference held proceedings in the Brighton Centre. Conference members were reportedly evacuated to the Hilton Brighton Metropole.

Sussex Police have warned drivers and pedestrians that there will be some inevitable delays and diversions until the incident is safely resolved and have advised people to avoid the area for the time being.