ARMED police swooped on a city centre address but were quickly stood down after discovering it was a hoax call.
A number of people living in Seven Dials, Brighton, reported seeing scores of police and ambulance crew at about 3.30pm today.
Eyewitness Corin Pearce said police blocked off West Hill Road as the incident unfolded. Further activity around Dyke Road and Compton Road also increased tension in the area as locals quizzed what was happening.
A Sussex Police spokesman told The Argus the incident was a hoax call and armed officers were stood down. He would not go into more detail when asked for more information.