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29 January 2019, 10:30
A controlled explosion has been carried out on a suspicious package in Hailsham.
Police set up a 100 meter cordon and evacuated nearby homes, after after receiving a report that the package had been left on a wall in The Diplocks.
An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit carried out a specialist examination of the package and conducted a safe and controlled explosion.
Chief Inspector Rosie Ross said: "We would like to thank local residents for their patience and understanding this evening while this incident was dealt with. The cordon was placed around the area as a safety precaution while we waited for the EOD unit to arrive and inspect the package.
“The EOD unit securely disposed of the package and subsequently it was determined that the item which had resembled an explosive device, was a hoax.
“The area is now safe and the cordons have been lifted.”
A 24-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of a bomb hoax - communicating false information. He remains in custody and the investigation is ongoing.