Worthing Pier and seafront shut down after 'hazardous material' causes vomiting and sore eyes

Worthing Pier and seafront has been closed down after the discovery of a 'hazardous material'.

Sussex Police said a cordon had been set up along the seafront between Grand Avenue and Windsor Road, and people were advised to shut all windows and doors, or stay away from the area.

Worthing Beach abandoned

Worthing Beach abandoned

A small number of people have reported symptoms including sore eyes and vomiting, said the spokesman.

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The investigation is ongoing and we will release more information as soon as we are able to, the spokesman added.

Emergency services on the scene

Emergency services on the scene

In a tweet at 4.10pm, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it had left the scene and the cordon had been lifted.

See pictures from the scene here: Pictures show Worthing seafront locked down and deserted after ‘hazardous material’ discovered

Emergency services on the scene

Emergency services on the scene