UK police have arrested a 20-year-old man from the town of Falmouth, following a bomb threat at a G7 hotel in the early hours of Thursday morning, which prompted the law enforcement authorities to order guests be evacuated from the Falmouth Hotel after a member of staff discovered a suspicious package on the grounds.
According to a statement by Devon and Cornwall Police, officers were dispatched to a hotel in Falmouth at 3:15 a.m. local time after receiving a report of a suspicious package.
Guests were urged to exit the building immediately and gather in a car park at the hotel overlooking Falmouth Bay, which is about 30 minutes away from the Carbis Bay hotel where world leaders will convene this weekend.
In order to maintain public safety, the area is currently being safely evacuated as a precautionary measure.— Devon & Cornwall Police (@DC_Police) June 10, 2021
This will impact on those staying within the Falmouth Hotel, Madeira Hotel and campervans in the area, as well as neighbouring properties.
Devon and Cornwall Police later determined that the package was innocuous and that it had been a hoax. The cordon was removed and guests were let back into their rooms after explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) officers judged the device "not viable".
"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 police said.
Furthermore, at around 9:30 a.m. local time, the police announced that they had apprehended a 20-year-old local man in connection with the fake device.
According to the Daily Mail, some 11,000 police officers and military staff are participating in the security measures being taken for the summit at Carbis Bay in Cornwall. Among that number, the conference's 5,000 police officers have been entrusted with keeping any protests away from the Carbis Hotel, which is hosting the G7 meetings.
Protesters have gathered in the area, with Falmouth being one of the officially designated meeting spots. Per the report, Extinction Rebellion and Resist G7 are among the groups intending to demonstrate.
For the first time in over two years, President Biden, who has come to the UK for his first international trip since taking office, and other G7 world leaders will meet in person in Cornwall.