A hotel near the site of the G7 summit in Cornwall has been evacuated following reports of a suspicious package, police say.
Joe Biden landed in the UK ahead of a meeting with Boris Johnson on Thursday (10 June) on his first overseas trip as US president.
Devon & Cornwall police said officers were called to the Falmouth Hotel in Falmouth about 3.15am following reports of a suspicious package in the hotel’s grounds.
Falmouth is being used as the main base for the world’s media who will be covering the G7 summit.
The force said in a statement: “In order to maintain public safety, the area is currently being safely evacuated as a precautionary measure.
“This will impact on those staying within the Falmouth Hotel, Madeira Hotel and campervans in the area, as well as neighbouring properties.
“A 100-metre cordon will be put in place and Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal are en-route to the scene.
“Police remain at the scene and the incident is ongoing.”
Falmouth is around a 40-minute drive from the Carbis Bay Hotel, where leaders from the world’s most powerful democracies will gather for the G7 summit from 11 to 13 June.
Mr Biden will warn Boris Johnson and the European Union not to “imperil” the Northern Ireland peace process, the US president’s national security adviser said, as they struggle to resolve a trade row.
The president will also use the visit to strengthen ties with allies at the G7 summit on Friday and join efforts to agree a strategy to vaccinate the world against Covid.
Additional reporting by PA.