A bomb disposal squad has now left the Littlehampton Civic Centre this afternoon (Monday, 8) after a black backpack was found under seating in the reception area.

The item was discovered shortly before 1pm, and emergency services were called to the site in Maltravers Road.

Police said the centre was evacuated as a precaution, while nearby roads were closed and a cordon put in place.

The army has said nothing untoward was found.