Peacehaven teen arrested after incident at Brighton Station

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A Peacehaven teenager has been arrested on suspicion of threats to commit criminal damage after a ‘suspicious’ bag was found at Brighton Station in the early hours of Thursday morning (March 12).

Police cordoned off a bag at the station at 3.45am and closed the station while the bomb disposal squad and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service moved in.

Theyfound the bag to contain some chemicals, police said.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said the chemicals were all contained separately and were not mixed or considered to be dangerous.

Police said there were no explosives and it was not a firearms or terrorist incident.

The bag was removed from the station concourse and was re-opened shortly afterwards.

A 17-year-old boy from Peacehaven was arrested on suspicion of threats to commit criminal damage and possession of a class A drug.

The day before (Wednesday March 11) police had been searching an address in Peacehaven for the boy.

They were called to Collingwood Close at 7.20pm after concern had been expressed for the welfare of the boy living there who was reported to allegedly be in possession of a quantity of chemicals which had the potential to harm him, police said.

Officers entered the property but nobody was present, police said.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “He was later arrested at 3.45am on Thursday (12 March) at Brighton railway station on suspicion of threats to commit criminal damage and possession of a class A drug.

“The bag was found to contain some chemicals which were all contained separately and were not mixed or considered to be dangerous. There were no explosives and this is not a firearms or a terrorist incident.

“The 17-year-old Peacehaven boy remains in custody.”

Southern Rail said no trains were affected by the incident.

The spokesman said: “Brighton station was closed from 4.10am for 15 minutes and train services were not affected.”

Police said the train station concourse was reopened shortly after the incident at 8.30am.