School evacuated after builders find mortar bomb

Posted On 03 Mar 2015 at 3:00 pm

A Brighton language school was evacuated and surrounding roads closed today after builders doing renovations found an 8in long mortar bomb.

Bomb disposal experts were called to the the EF International School of English in Sussex Square at 11.45am this morning after the discovery.

The school was evacuated although no students were on site because of the construction work.

The shell was later found to be empty.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police were called after workmen found an 8in long mortar bomb while doing building work on the third floor of the EF International School of English.

“The building was evacuated and the road closed between Sussex Square and Eastern Road. The bomb disposal unit arrived and collected the mortar which was empty.

“The road was reopened at 1.45pm.”

The school’s director, who asked not to be named, said: “There was an empty bomb that was found by our construction workers.

“They called us to let us know what was going on. There was no danger to any students as the building is empty and we are not operating on that site while construction is under way.”

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