Search finishes at Grand Hotel, Brighton - nothing suspicious found
The search of the Grand Hotel in Brighton ended at 9.15pm on Sunday evening (10 September) without anything suspicious being found, and staff and guests began to re-enter the hotel.
Road closures and closures of adjacent car parks are being withdrawn.
Police worked with management at the hotel after an anonymous phone call was received at the hotel at 4.30pm on Sunday, alleging that there was an explosive device there.
Hotel management decided to evacuate the hotel, a decision supported by the police, and the hotel was swiftly and safely evacuated.
Thorough searches 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 untoward was found and the call is being regarded as a hoax.
The adjacent Brighton Centre was evacuated as part of the precautions because it has an adjoining wall with the hotel, but the call did not threaten the Centre.
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."