HOMES have been evacuated and a cordon put in place after the discovery of a ‘suspicious item’ in Hailsham.

The alarm was raised at 9.47am today after the item was found at a property in Dunbar Drive.

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was sent to the road to assess the item and, if necessary, make safe.

Gleneagles Drive has been closed off.

It is near to Grovelands School.

Resident Andrew Dixon has posted: “Bomb alert in Dunbar Close area – houses being evacuated!

“School is not being evacuated at this time. Seems to be under control with bomb disposal team attending. No other details.”