Shortly before 6 o'clock emergency services were called to New Street in Birmingham city centre following reports of an unattended bag.
As a precaution a 100m cordon was put in place around the Primark and British Home Stores shops.
The street reopened just before half past six. No train services have been affected at nearby New Street station.
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Lollipop ladies, pest control, and community events have all been ranked as 'low priority' services for the city.
A breezy and generally cloudy day with occasional outbreaks of rain and drizzle.
While there will be some brighter spells, it will be generally rather cloudy and breezy, with a little rain possible at times.