Brighton flats evacuated after suspicious device found

Posted On 07 Oct 2016 at 7:32 pm

Part of a block of flats in Brighton was evacuated this evening after a suspicious device was found by police conducting a search.

By Julian Franklin

Officers found the suspect item at 4.21pm this afternoon while searching a flat in multi-storey block in Grosvenor Street, off Edward Street.
Explosive ordinance disposal experts were called in and ten flats above and below were evacuated, with residents moved to Brighton Youth Club opposite.

Residents of more flats are reportedly now being told they might also have to move.

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “A suspect device was discovered by police as they carried out an unrelated search of a flat in Grosvenor Street, Brighton, at about 4.21pm on Friday, 7 October.

“Explosive ordinance disposal experts were called to attend and about ten neighbouring properties, flats above and below, have been evacuated.

“The incident was ongoing as of 5.45pm.”

One resident who is still inside the block told Brighton and Hove News his lodger had been denied entry shortly after 8pm and told it would be at least two hours before anyone was let back inside.

Brighton and Hove News understands the cordon was lifted at about 9.15pm.

  1. Laimonas Maculevicius Reply

    Well … we live in this building, no one told us about what was happening there was no communications or warning or any information and we live just above that flat.. police should of told everyone, everyone should of evacuated. We found out by chance about was happening after notice that police officers standing about- long time… than i noticed barried off area than looked on juice brighton and found what’s happening… i think that was irresponsible of #sussexpolice not to tell to residents about situation and evacuation… but if there was a bomb in that package and blown the building would collapse with all of us in it in seconds… was worrying and scary … very disappointed in #sussexpolice

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