7MB bomb drama a hoax

Police have given the all clear after receiving a call claiming there was a bomb in the Grand Cayman Beach Suites on Seven Mile Beach this morning.

Grand Cayman Beach Suites

Photo: Jewel Levy

Police on the scene said someone called the 911 Emergency Communications Centre from a public phone at 10.25am reporting that two people had taken a bomb inside the hotel.

74 people were evacuated from the hotel, including 30 people sitting a financial services exam, as emergency crews descended on the area to investigate.

Police officers and a K9 dog trained in bomb detection scoured the building for any sign of explosives but by 12pm had declared the threat a hoax.

‘This is probably either someone that has a grudge against the hotel or a brainless prankster,’ said Detective Chief Inspector Peter Kennett.

‘The hotel decided to evacuate. We facilitated that evacuation. We have now checked in all the rooms, we’ve checked the grounds and we haven’t found anything in the least bit suspicious,’ he said.

Mr. Kennett stated that there has never been a bomb detonated in the Cayman Islands but said police had to investigate the threat.

‘We’re not too concerned about it but it’s better to be safe than sorry, that’s why we’ve got the road closed,’ he said.

‘It’s a very serious offence to make a bomb threat. We will do all we can to find whoever made this threat and they will be prosecuted before the courts.’

West Bay Road was cordoned off from the Easterley Tibbetts Highway turn-off to the corner of Safehaven Drive as police investigated. Hotel guests were taken to the nearby Britannia Golf Course Clubhouse.

30 financial professionals were half-way through a three-hour trustee investment and financial appraisal exam when they were told to evacuate. Mr. Kennett discounted any link between the exam and the bomb threat, pointing out that everyone scheduled to sit the exam was present.

The Grand Cayman Beach Suites are located on the beach side part of the former Hyatt Regency Hotel.

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