POLICE called to a Hampshire naval base to investigate a suspicious package have confirmed it was a false alarm.

Officers were called out to HMS Collingwood in Fareham and a cordon was set up following the discovery, but on examination they found it was not suspicious.

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman confirmed the incident, which unfolded at 8.45am this morning, but said it was a false alarm.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: “Officers from Hampshire Constabulary attended HMS Collingwood in Fareham, this morning..

“This was following a report of a suspicious package being delivered.

“A cordon was set up in the area.

“The package has now been examined and it is not deemed suspicious.”