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29 July 2017

Man, 51, arrested on suspicion of a bomb hoax after Birmingham city centre put on lockdown when two suspicious packages found

A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a bomb hoax in Birmingham this evening.

The city centre was put on lock-down after two suspicious packages were found.

Part of Birmingham city centre was shut down during the incident
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Colmore Road, one of the city’s main shopping thoroughfares, and a nearby park were closed during the incident.

Police issued a statement at 7.15pm this evening saying that they had lifted the cordons around the city centre after packages left in Colmore Row were found not to be suspicious.

The added: “We quickly responded to reports of two suspicious bags being left at just before 5pm today; with the street and nearby park sealed off as a precaution while checks were carried out.

“The items were found to not be suspicious and a 51 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a bomb hoax.

“The cordons were lifted in just over half an hour and we would like to thank everyone for their co-operation.

“The city centre is open for business as usual.”

Two suspicious packages were left in Colmore Row in the city centre
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Eyewitness Jon Dudley said that people were evacuated from a bus after someone threatened to detonate something.

He said:  “The park and cathedral were closed off and cafes evacuated.

“There were a number of police cars on the scene.

“A guy was taken off the bus and put in the back of a van.”

He also added that officers told people in a nearby coffee shop to stay inside during the incident.


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