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Boy, 14, arrested over Great Barr School bomb hoax

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A boy aged 14 has been arrested after a hoax bomb threat forced the evacuation of Great Barr School.

The suspect was held this morning after the call was traced to a nearby phone box. Police examined CCTV and identified the suspect.

He was being spoken to today.

Police said the arrest was not linked to other bomb scares which have seen more than a dozen schools evacuated.

Inspector Noeleen Murrin said: "These kinds of offences are not only a drain on police, council and school resources but they also waste the time of pupils who should be receiving their education

"We take reports like this very seriously and have acted quickly to identify the person we believe is responsible.

"The maximum sentence for the offence of communicating a bomb hoax is seven years in prison."

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