Primary school lockdown: Panic over ‘bomb threat’ near Birmingham – parents told stay away

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Watling Street Primary School issued an alert at about 9am this morning, informing parents not to take their children on to the premises. Eye-witnesses said West Midlands Police officers were quick to attend the scene and respond to the unknown incident. A cordon has been placed around the school, which is located in Walsall. Social media reports suggest the school are responding to a bomb threat.

A spokesman for the school said all children were to be kept at home while the incident unfolded.

They added: “We have been advised to ask you to keep your children at home until we have a further update on our situation at school.

“We will text as soon as we know when school can reopen.”

Local news claimed the school was responding to a bomb threat, but this has yet to be officially confirmed.

The full statement read: “We currently have a situation in school and are not allowed into the building while we seek advice.

“We are trying to send a text but the website is currently not working.

“If you arrive at school please stay in your car or socially distance on the common.

“We will let you have further information as soon as we have it.

“Apologies for the difficulties this may cause.

“Please share and inform anyone who will be arriving at school. Thank you.”

 A spokesman for West Midlands Police said a statement on the “situation” will be released shortly.

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