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(News) Birmingham Evacuated

Anyone know what's currently happening in Birmingham?

The Police have evacuated about 20,000 people!

BBC just posted this..... Police Evacuate Birmingham Centre (Saturday 9th July 2005; BBC News Online)

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angusabranson
Jul. 9th, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
the_air_hostess
Jul. 9th, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC)
they mentioned it on the news here. probably some twat called in a fakey bomb threat from what i can tell. people are sick in the head.
angusabranson
Jul. 9th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
Reading the press release on the actual West Midlands Police site it sounds like a bit more than some twat. Of course it doesn't mean it's not a false alarm.

The police initially just warned companies to check for unattended bags. Then an hour later after more intelligence they called for an evacuation.

No doubt we'll see what's up in the next few hours - or when I wake up in the morning...
the_air_hostess
Jul. 10th, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)
sorry, maybe jumped the gun on that comment there.
pwca
Jul. 10th, 2005 12:03 am (UTC)
Much milling about.
There was a suspect package found on a bus in corporation street, outside a large, popular bar opposite to Oasis market. They have carried out a controlled explosion on this, but it sounds like they have had more intel on other sites because all broad street, china town and the gay quarter have been cleared and they are searching the bars. Mailbox and broad street have also been closed which means that local radio and kerrang are on tapes.

What this has meant is that huge numbers of people are just traipsing about trying to find a way either out and home, or back in to get their cars. They are being told where to go by cops with loudhailers.

The people I work for have two large tower blocks just on the edge of this area and I hope that they are not planning on evacuating them. 590 flats in the city centre will be a bugger to clear this time of night.

The controlled explosion was carried out about 2 mins from where pwca works. It's going to be a long night for some.

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calseris
Jul. 10th, 2005 01:05 am (UTC)
Sky is saying there is a second device
calseris
Jul. 10th, 2005 01:05 am (UTC)
sorry "Suspect package" not device
riksowden
Jul. 10th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
It was annoying - we had to cut short our game!
ukporl
Jul. 20th, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
...and a friend of mine had to cut short his shag...
riksowden
Jul. 20th, 2005 04:55 pm (UTC)
Hmm, i'm still more annoyed about our game ;)

Shame on people though - it was a Saturday night!
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