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School bomb scare calls “no credible threat”


Police are investigating calls made to six schools in the West Midlands this morning (Jan 26) making bomb threats – but intelligence experts insist there is no credible threat.

Calls were made in quick succession at around 9am to four schools in Sandwell, one in Dudley and one in south Birmingham.


It follows similar phone threats to four schools in the Black Country last week that saw hundreds of pupils evacuated before police confirmed they were hoaxes.

Assistant Chief Constable Carl Foulkes, said: “Police intelligence suggests there is no credible threat behind the calls…they mirror the hoaxes several schools received just a few days ago.

“Local police officers have been sent to the affected schools to carry out checks and to offer reassurance.

“A police investigation is underway to find the person responsible for the calls.”

The affected schools are:

•             Oldbury Academy in Pound Road, Oldbury

•             Holly Lodge High in Holly Lane, Smethwick

•             Bristnall Hall Academy in Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury

•             George Slater High School in Claypit Lane, West Bromwich

•             Earls High School in Furnace Lane, Halesowen  

•             Four Dwellings Upper School, in Quinton Road West, Quinton

Anyone with information which may aid officers should call police on 101.