West Bromwich town centre open again after suspect package alert

West Bromwich town centre was sealed off by police today amid reports that a suspect package had been found.

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West Bromwich High Street is sealed off. Picture by Mike Claridge.

Motorists were urged to avoid the area, and buses and cars were among those caught up in delays.

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West Bromwich High Street is sealed off. Picture by Mike Claridge.
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Police at the scene on Tuesday afternoon

The drama unfolded shortly after 4pm. The High Street stretch between Temple Street and the Strollers pub was shut. A police dog unit was assessing the package.

It opened again shortly before 6pm.

West Midlands Police spokesman Brigg Ford: "It was a targeted attempt to cause concern but there is no risk to the public."

Updates to follow...