Guests have been evacuated from two hotels as well as a number of surrounding buildings near Scarborough seafront amid fears a ‘bomb threat’ has been made.
North Yorkshire Police ordered those staying at The Grand Hotel and the nearby Travelodge Scarborough to vacate the buildings urgently and set up a large cordon surrounding the area.
Officers reportedly told visitors they may be ‘stuck in their rooms all day’ if they did not leave immediately.
Other witnesses reported a fire alarm going off in the hotel shortly before they were evacuated while residents from neighbouring homes were also asked to vacate the area.
The force advised members of the public to stay away from the area until the incident is resolved.
Guests have been urgently evacuated from a number of hotels near Scarborough seafront amid fears a ‘bomb threat’ has been made, according to witnesses from the scene (pictured)
Photos from the scene showed a large emergency service presence in the area including dozens of police vehicles and ambulance crews.
According to Yorkshire Live, staff at the hotel were told that the bomb squad were on their way to the site but the nature of the incident has not been confirmed by North Yorkshire Police.
Police began evacuating hotel guests and neighbouring residents shortly before 11am this morning but it is understood the incident is still ongoing.
One guest said: ‘All the roads are blocked off. We don’t know what’s happened but we were told if we didn’t get out now, we might be in our rooms all day.
‘They’re telling everyone to wait by the Royal hotel on the corner. Everybody had to get out; all we’ve been told is that it’s a police incident. They’ve blocked all access near the Grand.’
North Yorkshire Police have not yet confirmed the nature of the ongoing emergency incident
North Yorkshire Police said: ‘Emergency services are currently in attendance at an ongoing incident at the Grand Hotel in Scarborough.
‘The hotel and surrounding buildings have been evacuated as a precautionary measure and the area surrounding the hotel, including St Nicholas Cliff and the Spa Bridge has been cordoned off to allow emergency service to attend.
‘Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.’
Barricades were also set up to block access to Scarborough seafront, which is directly underneath the towering Grand Hotel.
According to those who had been directed away by officials, there had been a bomb scare.
One holidaymaker stormed: ‘We cannot even drive down to the beach.
The Grand Hotel is a Grade II listed building overlooking Scarborough’s seafront (file photo)
A large emergency response was on scene and a huge cordon was put in place by officers
‘We have been told just to walk around and enjoy the day
‘That is easier said than done when all your stuff is back in the room and you only have the clothes you were stood up in when the alarms went off.’
Another visitor said: ‘This is a great start to the staycation.
‘All we can do is walk about in the cold and hope nothing bad happens.
‘It is not as if you can go anywhere. There are police cars and emergency vehicles and road blocks everywhere you look.’
The Grand Hotel is a Grade II listed building which opened in 1867 and was once the largest hotel in Europe.