Guests and staff were evacuated from Butlin’s Bognor Regis on the morning of 5 October, after a suspicious package was discovered in the car park.
Police and Navy bomb disposal teams arrived to respond to the threat at approximately 7.15am, with officers placing a road block around the iconic resort.
“Officers are at the scene assisting an evacuation of guests at the hotel as a precautionary measure,” said a Police spokesperson on the morning of the incident. “A cordon has been put in place.”
“Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit are also at the scene investigating the device.”
Following the evacuation of the resort, OED crew in protective body armour were seen approaching the object.
After a three hour operation, the device was destroyed in a controlled explosion at 10.25am.
“The device was disrupted to allow the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit to make an assessment and it was found to not be an explosive device and presented no risk to the public.”
“Our thanks to members of the public and staff at the site for their patience while we ensured it was safe.”
Guests and staff were readmitted to the park the same afternoon. Nothing, it seems, can stand in the