Portsmouth Crown Court evacuated after fire alarm set off

A police car parked outside Catherine House in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth, earlier tonight. Picture: Byron Melton

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Portsmouth Crown Court was evacuated earlier after the fire alarm sounded.

Members of staff as well as prisoners have left the building at just before 11am when the bell sounded.

Firefighters from Southsea arrived at the scene and carried out a search of the building before giving the all clear.

Cases were allowed to resume at 11.30am.