Police hunt hoaxer who caused evacuation at hotel near G7 summit site

Police are hunting a suspected hoaxer whose suspicious package forced a hotel near the site of the G7 summit in Cornwall to be evacuated.

Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were called to the Falmouth Hotel in Falmouth about 3.15am following reports of a suspicious package in the hotel’s grounds.

Falmouth is being used as the main base for the world’s media who will be covering the G7 summit.

Residents at the Falmouth Hotel, Madeira Hotel, campervans in the area and neighbouring properties were all evacuated – around 100 people. 

A 100-metre cordon was put in place to allow the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal to deal with the item. 

The force said: "A smaller scene guard will remain in place until the item is collected and removed by scenes of crime.

"We currently believe that this was a hoax incident and a criminal investigation has been launched.

"We thank the public and those who were evacuated for their assistance.

"Following assessment, the device has been declared not viable and therefore safe."

Those displaced started being allowed back into their rooms at around 6.30am on Thursday and the cordon started being removed.

Falmouth is around a 40-minute drive from the Carbis Bay Hotel, where leaders from the world’s most powerful democracies will gather for the G7 summit from Friday.

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