A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of a bomb hoax near a primary school in the city centre.

Armed police shut down Carlton Hill, Brighton at 2.45pm this afternoon after they received a report of “concern for welfare and behaviour of a man” in an alleyway.

A police cordon was put in place along the road and access to Carlton Hill Primary School in Sussex Street was blocked.

The Argus: Police cars were stationed at Carlton Hill Primary School in BrightonPolice cars were stationed at Carlton Hill Primary School in Brighton

Sussex Police confirmed a man was arrested on suspicion of offences, including making a hoax bomb threat.

He has been taken into police custody for further questioning.

The force said the arrest was made “safely” and without incident.

A spokesman said: “At 5.05pm the man was safely arrested without incident, on suspicion of offences including making a bomb hoax threat.

“He is currently in custody for interview and further enquiries. Nothing hazardous was found.”

The Argus: Armed police were pictured at the sceneArmed police were pictured at the scene

“Cordons were being removed soon afterwards and we thank people nearby in offices and elsewhere for their co-operation and patience while the incident was safely dealt with.”

Photos from the scene showed several police cars and armed police were in attendance.

Officers could be seen stationed in the car park of the primary school, as well outside the Greek Orthodox Church in Carlton Hill.

Residents were stopped from returning to their homes until the area was secured.

Police confirmed officers secured to vicinity to ensure there was no “danger to the public” while officers engaged with the man in order to ensure “a safe and peaceful resolution”.

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