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Firefighters dealing with office building fire in Ladywood

West Midlands firefighters are currently dealing with a fire at a three storey office building in Ladywood in Birmingham.

Crews were on the scene within four minutes. Three people are being treated for smoke inhalation.

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More hoax bomb calls to West Midlands schools

The hoax calls were made this morning Credit: PA

Seven schools have been targeted by bomb hoaxers this morning with a series of calls made from around 8am.

The schools affected were:

  • Leasowes High School in Dudley.
  • Holly Lodge Foundation High, Oldbury Academy and Perryfields High Schools in Sandwell.
  • Edgbaston High School for Girls, King David and Kind Edwards Boys Schools in Birmingham.

Last month, hundreds of pupils were sent homeafter hoax calls were made to schools in the West Midlands.

As with the previous alerts each call was immediately and individually assessed by the force’s specialist intelligence cell and counter terrorism experts.

Again there was no credibility to the threats which are believed to be linked to those made across the UK on January 19, 26 and 28 and February 1.

– West Midlands Police

Video: Celebrations continue for the 'Year of the Monkey'

The Chinese New Year celebrations are continuing in Birmingham today.

The 'Year of the Monkey' is being celebrated in the Arcadian Centre in the heart of the city centre.

ITV Central captured some of the on-stage entertainment.

Even West Midlands Police are enjoying the festivities.

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