Margate seafront cordoned off due to suspicious package with bomb disposal team called in

The road is cordoned off Photo Isabelle de Ridder

Margate seafront has been cordoned off following a report of a suspicious package tonight (October 8) and the bomb disposal team has been called in.

Some businesses along Marine Drive have been told to close while the area is taped off.

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Kent Police officers are in attendance in Marine Drive, Margate following a report of a suspicious package at 5.50pm on Sunday 8 October 2023.

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“A cordon is currently in place and a section of the road is closed.”

Photo James Godden

The area from Nayland to the Imperial is shut as are side roads including Eaton Road. Flats above businesses from Flamingo arcade to Wetherspoon and at Albert Terrace have been evacuated.

An Army bomb disposal team is at the scene. It’s understood an item, thought to be an unattended suitcase, was found by the beach. Controlled explosions have reportedly been carried out by the team.

The MoD has been contacted for further details.

Police cordon lifted after suspicious package in Margate found to ‘pose no threat’


  1. Let’s be honest, this is just one of many regular examples, of one of many things that are wrong with Margate and Cliftonville.

    • Well then you should count yourself lucky you don’t have to live here…. Some of us do and are damn bloody proud of where we live because at least it means we have put a roof over our kids head. It’s not the town…. It’s the people in it…. So where you live must be vile.

  2. We will never know what was inside. “Controlled explosions have reportedly been carried out by the team.” It was blown to smithereens.

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