Sussex

Rocket launcher found in rubbish at Brighton recycling centre

Veolia Materials Recovery Facility in Hollingdean Lane, Brighton Image copyright Eddie Mitchell
Image caption The damaged rocket launcher was found at a Brighton recycling centre

A rocket launcher weapon was found at a recycling centre after being dumped by a lorry with other rubbish.

Veolia Materials Recovery Facility in Hollingdean Lane, Brighton had to be evacuated and the road closed at just before 12:30 BST, Sussex Police said.

Bomb disposal experts were called to the scene and confirmed there was no ammunition in the weapon.

The launcher was in a compressed bale of rubbish and had been damaged, police said.

"It was seized for forensic analysis and the road was reopened shortly before 14:00," a spokesman said.

"At no point was there any danger to any persons or any property in the area."

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