TUC evacuated after bomb threat

Police cordon off the roads around the TUC. Image by @Mr_Tony_Green
Police cordon off the roads around the TUC. Image by @Mr_Tony_Green

Police cordon off the roads around the TUC. Image by @Mr_Tony_Green

Delegates were last night evacuated from the TUC on advice from the police, who were searching the nearby Grand Hotel after receiving a telephoned bomb threat.

The TUC tweeted at 6.58pm:

All attendees at : we have been asked to evacuate both the Brighton Centre and the Grand Hotel.

The main road along the seafront and nearby carparks were closed as a precaution. The hotel received an anonymous phone call at 4.30pm, alleging there was an explosion device. The adjacent Brighton Centre – where the TUC is meeting – was evacuated as part of the precautions because it has an adjoining wall with the hotel. Police say the call did not threaten the Centre.

Thorough searches of the hotel took place with the assistance of specially trained police search advisers, local officers, police dogs, and military ordnance disposal experts, in order to establish as soon as possible whether or not the call was a genuine one.

Nothing was found so the search was called off at 9.15pm, with residents being allowed back into The Grand.

Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell said; “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.”

 

Unite member Kev Terry, who is attending the event, said: “The area around the Grand Hotel was cordoned off due to a bomb scare. The sea front from West Street to Regency Square was closed. The cordon was lifted several hours later.”

At 8.23pm TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady tweeted:

Massive thanks to the police

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