A CITY centre street was filled with police cars as officers responded to a reported robbery.

A large number of vehicles lined Manchester Street in Brighton at 10.30pm last night.

Officers could be seen interviewing several people at the scene as they searched the area.

A group of people who had been visiting a nearby pub gathered along the side of the street to see what was happening.

One passer-by said: “I had just been for a couple of pints and walked into Manchester Street and there were more police than an episode of The Bill.

“So we thought it must have been something really serious.

“There were so many cars you couldn’t get past if you had a car.

“There was a crowd of people at the side of the road but didn’t seem to know what was going on.

“There was a youngster sat on the floor with the police but I don’t know if that was a victim.

“One man said he was worried because it was his daughter.

“But he said he didn’t know why she was there.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said the force was responding to reports of a robbery in nearby George Street.

He said: “Police responded to a report of a robbery on Wednesday. Officers attended and carried out an area search but there was no trace of the suspects.”