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Student charged over hoax bomb threat to Sandwell college

Police have charged the student over a hoax bomb threat Credit: PA

A man has been charged over a hoax bomb threat made to a college in Sandwell.

Scott McLaughlin from Cavendish Road in Edgbaston, was arrested by officers on Wednesday − the same day as the threats were made.

The 22-year-old has been charged with the offence of bomb hoax.

The case is not being linked to any of the recent telephone hoax call crimes at schools in the West Midlands.

He was bailed to appear at Sandwell Magistrates Court on Friday 26 February.

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

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Police investigation begins into school bomb hoax

Some schools chose to evacuate all pupils Credit: ITV News Central

A police investigation is now underway after four hoax bomb threats were made to schools in the West Midlands.

The calls were received between 9am and 9.30am this morning at schools in Halesowen and Oldbury.

A police investigation was immediately launched to find the person responsible.

Several schools, including Bristnall Hall Academy, decided to evacuate their students, although this was not on police advice.

The schools affected were:

  • Oldbury Academy, Pound Road, Oldbury
  • Holly Lodge High School, Holly Lane, Oldbury
  • Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury
  • Leasowes High School, Kent Road, Halesowen

"These false and malicious calls resulted in lost opportunities for local young people, many of whom are preparing for exams. They also wasted valuable police time which would have been better spent targeting criminals, supporting victims and preventing crimes."

– Superintendent Richard Youds, West Midlands Police

Officers say they are also aware of similar calls made to schools outside of the region around the same time. The investigation will work to establish if these are linked.

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BREAKING NEWS: Schools evacuated due to security scare

Three schools in Sandwell and one in Dudley have been evacuated because of a security scare.

There are unconfirmed reports that the schools have been closed because of a bomb threat.

The schools affected are Bristnall Hall Academy, Oldbury Academy and Holly Lodge in Oldbury and Leasowes School in Halesowen.

Police are at all locations and have since released a statement.

A police investigation is now underway to find the person responsible for the calls Credit: ITV Central

Some institutions took the independent decision to evacuate students. All are safe and being cared for as usual by staff.

The calls were received between around 9am and 9.30am.

A police investigation is now underway to find the person responsible for the calls.

Anyone with information which may aid officers should call police on 101.

– West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police have said the schools that have been affected are:

  • Oldbury Academy, Pound Road, Oldbury
  • Holly Lodge High School, Holly Lane, Oldbury
  • Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury
  • Leasowes High School, Kent Road, Halesowen
Bristnall Hall Academy in Oldbury was one of the schools affected Credit: ITV Central

Third person charged with murder of Indiga Daniel Wallace

Police have charged a third person with the murder of Indiga Daniel Wallace.

Unemployed Kingsley Campbell, 30, of no fixed address, is due to appear at Sandwell Magistrates Court this morning.

The victim's body was found in a flat on Fisher Street in Tipton. Credit: Google Street View

He was earlier arrested as part of the investigation and was later released on bail but was re-arrested on Wednesday as a result of further enquiries.

Last week, 21-year-old Sam Arnold from Tipton was charged with murder and remanded in custody following an initial court hearing.

Last month 30-year-old Dwayne Wallace from West Bromwich, who is of no relation to the victim, was charged with murder and remanded in custody pending trial.

Indiga's body was found in a flat on Fisher Street, Tipton on 11 November. A post mortem revealed that he died as a result of head injuries.

The investigation is on-going and anyone with any information about the death of Indiga is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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