According to Little Hampton Gazette, the bomb hoax that led to the Brighton and Hove Gay Pride Parade being rerouted was purposefully placed at the scene in the hopes of causing widespread panic and disrupting the event.
“We believe the item was placed there deliberately,” said Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp, “and made to look like a suspicious device to disrupt the parade… We want to apologize for any disruption this caused and thank the public and those taking part in the parade for their support and patience while we made the area safe and re-routed the parade. Their co-operation made dealing with this difficult incident easier.”
Authorities became so concerned about the parcel, it was decided to call in a bomb disposal unit, who assured there was no public risk after carrying out a controlled explosion.
A police statement said the incident was being treated as a bomb hoax.