Kent hotel evacuated after armed robbery and bomb threat

Ruth Doherty
Kent hotel evacuated after armed robbery and bomb threat hoax
Kent hotel evacuated after armed robbery and bomb threat hoax

Stock photo, Hythe: Getty


A hotel in Kent had to be evacuated after a man brandishing a gun burst in and claimed there was a bomb on the site.

The man, thought to be from Ilfracombe and aged between 55 and 70 years old, threatened a staff member at the Hythe Imperial Hotel near Folkestone, claiming he was a police officer and asking to see the manager.

He is then alleged to have brandished a handgun before demanding a large amount of money and telling staff there was a bomb in the hotel.

The hotel was then evacuated and the army's bomb disposal squad was called as a precaution.
Officers carried out a thorough search of the premises, but no explosives were found.

Detective Inspector Emma Banks told the North Devon Gazette: "We would appeal to anyone in the Ilfracombe area to look at the CCTV images and see if they recognise the man.

"We only know that he has told a witness that he originates from Ilfracombe, we do not know if he has lived there recently or only as a young person."

Anyone who knows the man or has information about his whereabouts is asked to ring Kent Police on 101, quoting ZY/28750/12 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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