BREAKING NEWS: Amusement arcade on Eastbourne pier destroyed and flames spreading towards the shops

Flames have completely gutted the amusement arcade on Eastbourne’s historic pier.

Firefighters have gone out to sea on lifeboats to try and tackle the blaze, which is spreading towards the shops and Atlantis nightclub, from the water.

Coastguards have cleared the beaches and the seafront has been cordoned off, leading to massive tailbacks along Seaside.

Barbara Redman, on holiday from Bradford, said, “We are down here on holiday. All of a sudden we were told to get off the pier immediately.

“It was all very quick. I don’t think anyone expected it to happen so quickly.”

Photo by Jonathan Cope.