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Cordon lifted after suspect package deemed 'sterile'

A 100m cordon around West Bromwich High Street has been lifted after explosives experts found a suspect package was not a threat to the public.

A small cordon is still in place around the shop where the package was found.

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WEST BROM road closures now lifted and High St open; small cordon at affected premises. Package deemed sterile & no public danger.

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100m cordon around West Brom High Street

A 100m cordon is in place around West Bromwich High Street after a suspect package was found in one of the shops.

The police explosives sniffer dog is currently en route.

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High Street in West Brom town centre is currently closed while officers investigate reports of a suspect package. Motorists advised to avoid

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Police cordon is currently in place and is hoped to be lifted soon. Further updates to follow.

Day release prisoner re-arrested in Sandwell

Police have re-arrested a man from Sandwell who failed to return to prison while on day-release.

Paul Cook went missing in West Bromwich on Saturday (7 June).

The 33-year-old was on day release from HMP Prison Hewell in Redditch.

Cook was sentenced to four years in prison in February 2012 for burglary.

He is due to appear in court Wolverhampton Magistrates this morning charged with being unlawfully at large.

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Firefighters tackle blaze at disused factory

Fifty firefighters are on the scene of a blaze at a disused factory in Smethwick tonight.

Crews were called to London Street shortly after 6.30pm, where they found the large building - which was in the process of being demolished - on fire.

The fire is at a disused factory in London Street, Smethwick
The fire is at a disused factory in London Street, Smethwick Credit: ITV News Central

Cutting equipment has been used and they are tackling the flames from four different locations.

There are not though to be any hazards inside the building.

Quick-thinking public help save car crash victim's life

Passers-by and an off-duty trainee paramedic helped save a man's life when he went into cardiac arrest after being hit by a car in West Bromwich this evening.

He and another man were both hit at a pedestrian crossing at the corner of High Street and Trinity Road at around 5.30pm. Both roads remain closed.

One of the men had gone into cardiac arrest after the crash
One of the men had gone into cardiac arrest after the crash Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The man had suffered a serious head injury and had gone into cardiac arrest - but quick-thinking members of the public and the trainee ambulance worker managed to keep his heart going until emergency services arrived.

They managed to re-start his heart and he was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with a police escort.

The second pedestrian, in his 30s, was conscious and breathing but had suffered serious fractures to an arm and a leg. He was taken to the same hospital for further treatment.

The driver of the car was not hurt.

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