At around 8.50pm yesterday evening (Friday, November 19) we received a report of a suspicious package having been discovered at the Hat and Feathers pub on Church Street, Seaham.
Emergency services attended and it was deemed necessary to evacuate the area while enquiries were carried out.
A cordon remained in place until around 4.30am today, and our officers would like to thank those affected for their patience and cooperation.
Colleagues from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team attended the scene, and it was concluded that the item was not a live explosive.
Inspector Gary Smith said: “An investigation into the origins of the item has now been launched, and residents may notice increased police activity in the area while enquiries are made.
“I’d like to reassure the community that this was a hoax, and there is no risk to the public.”
Anybody with any information relating to the incident is asked to contact Durham Police on 101, quoting incident number 439 of November 19.