Police identify ‘suspicious-looking package’ which disrupted Pride celebrations

Sussex Police have identified the suspicious looking package which disrupted Pride celebrations in Brighton last weekend.

Marine Parade was closed off and a controlled explosion took place. PIC BY EDDIE MITCHELL SUS-150608-181804001
Marine Parade was closed off and a controlled explosion took place. PIC BY EDDIE MITCHELL SUS-150608-181804001

The parade had to be diverted due to the item, which was spotted on Brighton seafront just minutes before proceedings began.

Detectives have today confirmed the item was a pinhole camera, and have determined the package was not placed there deliberately to disrupt the Pride parade.

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Officers are also linking it with two similar items, which were found in Brighton Marina multi-storey car park in July this year and near St Peter’s Church near The Level in August 2013.

The items were empty drinks cans with a piece of photographic card or paper inside, covered in black duct tape and taped to railings or road signs. This is known as a pinhole camera, which are used to take photos of objects or landscapes over an extended period of time.

Detective Inspector Julie Wakeford said: “We have linked all three items as pinhole cameras. No offences have been committed on this occasion as there was no deliberate intent to disrupt or cause harm and we do not believe that the person responsible considered the implications of placing that item at that location.

“It is reassuring to know that there was no intention of targeting Pride or any particular community. However, it is important that permission is given and recorded if such items are to be placed on public or on another person’s property. Failure to do this may mean that an individual does commit an offence of public nuisance or criminal damage.

“The item on Saturday did look like a suspicious device and we were concerned enough to call in the bomb disposal unit, who after making a further assessment, also agreed it was highly suspicious and carried out a controlled explosion.

“The area had been cordoned off and there was no risk to the public.”

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