Laura Sharman 20 January 2016

Bomb hoax forces schools in West Midlands to be evacuated

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Four schools in the West Midlands were evacuated yesterday after police received a threat there was a bomb in each of their grounds.

Following the bomb scare, three schools in Sandwell and one in Dudley were closed and hundreds of pupils were sent home early.

However, West Midlands Police said no ‘suspicious objects’ were found at any of the schools and have launched an investigation to find the hoax caller.

Neil Shaw, head teacher at Leasowes High School, said: ‘We received a call in school this morning, which thankfully turned out to be a bomb hoax.’

He added: ‘The safety and welfare of our children is obviously our top priority and I’m grateful to staff and emergency services for the way they dealt with this difficult situation.’

Leader of Sandwell Council, Councillor Darren Cooper said the Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre had been opened to look after pupils that could not go home early, and had deployed youth workers and wardens to help with the evacuation process.

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