Police have given an update on the suspected bomb hoax in Falmouth early yesterday that led to a number of properties being evacuated.

A 20-year-old man from Falmouth was arrested on suspicion of a bomb hoax, placing an article with intent, at the Falmouth Hotel.

Devon and Cornwall Police have now said that the man has been released on bail until July 7, while officers carry out further enquiries.

Police were called at around 3.15am on Thursday (June 10) following reports of a suspicious package on the grounds outside of the hotel on Cliff Road in Falmouth.

Following assessment by the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal the device was declared not viable and therefore safe.

In order to maintain public safety, the area was evacuated as a precautionary measure and a 100-metre cordon was put in place and around 100 people were evacuated.

A scene guard remained in place until the item was collected and removed by scenes of crime.

A guest staying at the Falmouth Hotel later told the Packet how police knocked on the door of her room in the early hours of the morning telling her and her husband they had to get out because of an 'incident'.

She said they only had time to put on the nearest things they could find before leaving the room and going downstairs, from where they were directed onto the car park at the front of the hotel along with the other guests, some of whom were left wearing only dressing gowns.