Schools in the West Midlands evacuated over bomb threat
Children were sent home after six schools in the West Midlands received “bomb scare calls” between 9 a.m and 9:30a.m on Tuesday morning.
Oldbury Academy, George Salter in West Bromich and Holly Lodge in Smethwick were all evacuated. Children in Bristnall Hall were also evacuated but the school later re-opened at 11am.
Bristnall Hall principal Vince Green told the BBC: Police have conducted a thorough search of the building and are satisfied it is safe, so the children are now coming back to school.”
The police have checked the building and it is safe. The academy will reopen from 11am for all students. The learning must continue
— BristnallHallAcademy (@BHallAcademy) January 26, 2016
West Midlands police confirmed that the schools had received calls claiming a “suspicious device” had been left outside the school site however intelligence experts said there was “no credible threat.”
“Detectives are investigating after three Sandwell schools received bomb scare calls this morning. A school in Dudley was also affected” said a spokesperson for West Midlands police.
“Some institutions took the independent decision to evacuate students. All are safe and being cared for as usual by staff.”
The authorities stated that there was no suggestion of threat to any other schools in the area. The Henry Mitchell Centre in Broomfield opened its doors for children who had to leave school but could not get home.
Karen Whitehouse, a parent whose children attend Oldbury Academy told the BBC: “I am grateful to the staff there for responding so quickly.
“I would rather my children missed a day from school than actually get caught up in a threat that turns out to be genuine after all.”
A police investigation is now under way as they urgently try to find the person responsible for the calls.