Guests have been evacuated from the hotel (Image: @sarahcartlidge /Twitter)

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About 100 guests and hotel staff were evacuated from a G7 hotel the day before the summit after a bomb scare.

Officers later confirmed that on investigation the 'suspicious package' that had been found turned out to be a hoax device and a criminal investigation has been launched.

Residents at the Falmouth Hotel were woken by police and staff at 4.55am as officers banged on doors.

They were told to immediately leave the building and ordered to a car park in the grounds of the Victorian hotel overlooking Falmouth Bay.

Police had swooped on the hotel as dawn broke and officers wearing head torches were seen scouring bushes and flowerbeds looking for anything suspicious.

The G7 leaders are set to meet tomorrow
(Image: @sarahcartlidge /Twitter)

About 100 guests mustered in the car park before a sergeant arrived and ordered them to another car park about 200 yards away of the "perceived threat" and "for your safety".

Some of the guests wore dressing gowns outside while others had thrown on clothes or pyjamas for the emergency evacuation.

Devon and Cornwall Police said that officers rushed to the hotel at about 3.15am to reports of a 'suspicious package' found on the grounds outside the building.

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The force initially said in a statement: "In order to maintain public safety, the area is currently being safely evacuated as a precautionary measure.

"This will impact on those staying within the Falmouth Hotel, Madeira Hotel and campervans in the area, as well as neighbouring properties."

A 'suspicious package' was found outside the hotel
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A 100 meter cordon was put in place while Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal [EOD] investigated.

EOD officers were spotted arriving shortly before 5.30am, eye-witnesses at the scene said.

In a further update this morning the force said that after an EOD assessment the device 'has been declared not viable and therefore safe.'

Police said: "In total around 100 people were displaced; these people are now being allowed back into their rooms and the 100 meter cordon is being removed.

A cordon has been put in place

Explosive experts have arrived at the hotel
(Image: @sarahcartlidge /Twitter)

"A smaller scene guard will remain in place until the item is collected and removed by scenes of crime. We currently believe that this was a hoax incident and a criminal investigation has been launched.

"We thank the public and those who were evacuated for their assistance."

As drizzle descended, a local business had opened its doors to offer refuge to guests.

The town is 30 minutes away from Carbis Bay were the leaders meet tomorrow but the international media centre is due to open this morning.

Officers are at the scene of the bomb scare
(Image: Daily Mirror)

Guests were woken up to police banging on the doors
(Image: Daily Mirror)

Earlier Joe Biden arrived in the UK ahead of the weekend G7 summit, in which he brought a warning for the UK not to "imperil" peace in Northern Ireland.

The US President touched down at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk to visit US troops stationed there, before heading to Newquay ahead of the summit.

He's expected to use the visit – his first overseas trip since taking office in January – to warn Boris Johnson and the European Union not to "imperil" the Northern Ireland peace process as they struggle to resolve a trade row.

International leaders will meet in a town 30 minutes away
(Image: Daily Mirror)

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden disembark from Air Force One as they arrive at RAF Mildenhall
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The Prime Minister plans to use the summit of leading economies to urge the members – also including Canada, Japan, France, Germany and Italy – to "defeat" Covid-19 by helping to vaccinate the world by the end of next year.

Mr Johnson also wants a new treaty on responding to pandemics after the "pretty scratchy period" where countries were competing and "squabbling" over access to personal protective equipment.

The summit would focus on "building back greener, building back better" after the pandemic, he said.