Hastings McDonalds incident ‘not terrorist’

The EOD getting ready to inspect the package in McDonalds. Photo by Eddie Mitchell
The EOD getting ready to inspect the package in McDonalds. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

A man has been arrested close to the scene where police are responding to a report of a suspicious package in Hastings.

Police were called to the McDonald’s restaurant in Wellington Place at 10.06am today (December 11) after a man went into the premises and placed a bag on the counter.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “When officers responded, the bag was deemed to be suspicious and staff were evacuated from the restaurant.

“As police left the building a member of the public alerted them that a man had placed another bag in the street.

“The man was spotted, was challenged and arrested.

“An EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) unit arrived at the scene just after noon to examine the packages.

“The matter is not being treated as a terrorist incident at this time. The man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.”

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Pike said: “We must treat these packages seriously and that is why we have requested the expert assistance of the military.

“Until that is complete, there will be disruption in the area and I would ask people to remain patient.

“We will endeavour to return things to normal just as soon as is safely possible.”

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