Around 100 people were evacuated from hotels near the G7 summit in Cornwall following an early-morning bomb scare.
A suspicious package was discovered in the grounds of the Falmouth Hotel at around 3.15am.
The Royal Navy was called in to investigate and the hotel, along with the nearby Madeira and some campervans, was evacuated just before 5am.
Guests waited in the car park in dressing gowns and pyjamas while police set up a cordon and the area was scoured for anything supsicious.
The hotel is being used as the base for the world’s media and is a 40-minute drive from Carbis Bay Hotel, where the G7 summit will take place.
Police said in a statement: ‘In order to maintain public safety, the area is currently being safely evacuated as a precautionary measure.
‘This will impact on those staying within the Falmouth Hotel, Madeira Hotel and campervans in the area, as well as neighbouring properties.’
After the area was confirmed to be safe, guests were allowed to return.
In an update, police said: ‘The device has been declared not viable and therefore safe.
‘In total around 100 people were displaced; these people are now being allowed back into their rooms and the 100 metre cordon is being removed.
‘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.’
The incident came just hours after Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden arrived in Cornwall for the G7 event.
The Group of Seven countries brings together some of the world’s richest democracies – the UK, US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany and Italy, along with representatives of the European Union.
It will be the first time the leaders have met in almost two years due to the pandemic, with the Covid battle set to be one of the main topics on the agenda.
President Biden was pictured waving as he stepped off Air Force One with his wife Jill at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk on Wednesday evening, for his first official overseas visit as US president.
He was greeted to a hangar full of cheering service personnel and their families at the American airbase, before heading to Cornwall Airport Newquay.
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