A man, aged 51, has been arrested on suspicion of a bomb hoax after packages were left on Colmore Row this evening (29/07).

A spokesperson from West Midlands Police, said: “We quickly responded to reports of two suspicious bags being left at just before 5pm today (Saturday); 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.”

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