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Fire Service remains at scene in Peacehaven

Date : 07 September 2017

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service remain at the scene of an incident in Peacehaven, 7 September 2017.

We were alerted yesterday to reports of a suspected WW2 bomb.

Sussex Police provided the following update overnight.

Following the discovery of what is thought to be an unexploded wartime bomb on a Peacehaven building site,  a 200-metre safety zone was set up around it to try to minimise any danger.

Unfortunately this meant many people having to leave their homes for temporary accommodation being provided by local authorities at centres elsewhere in the town.

It also brought about major traffic disruption, with the A259 South Coast Road - running close to where the device was unearthed on Wednesday afternoon (6 September) - being closed between Roderick Avenue in the east and Malines Avenue in the west.

Also shut were Phyllis Avenue, Hoddern Avenue, Rowe Avenue, Sutton Avenue, Cavell Avenue and Roderick Avenue to its junctioin with Arundel Road.

Late on Wednesday night Chief Superintendent Nick May, of Sussex Police, said: " The various agencies involved are doing all they can to resolve the situation as swiftly and as safely as possible. 

"We recognise that it has meant considerable upset for residents - including children and senior citizens – who have had to abandon their homes at short notice, and for motorists faced with delays and diversions to their journeys.

"We are grateful for people’s patience and understanding in exceedingly trying circumstances, and thank them for their forbearance.

"Our primary concern throughout has had to be their safety and well-being."

Among those supporting the emergency services have been Explosive Ordnance Disposal experts, and officials from town, district and county councils.



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