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Part of hospital forced to evacuate over bomb scare

Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley Photo: ITV News Central

Part of a hospital in Dudley has been evacuated after reports of a bomb scare.

West Midlands Police say they have arrested a 43-year-old man in connection with the incident after a call was made to Russells Hall hospital this morning, warning there was a bomb on site.

Following the call, it's believed that hospital officials decided to evacuate a part of the facility as a precaution.

Police confirmed there is no cause for concern.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said:

There was a call from someone claiming that there was a bomb at the hospital and officials there decided to evacuate the buildings.

It soon transpired there was no bomb and the hospital is now fully open again and functioning as normal.

A 43-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the scare and is helping police with their inquiries.

– West Midlands Police spokesman

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Diane Wake who is the Chief Executive of The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust said:

A bomb threat at Russells Hall Hospital was a hoax. The police were called and a man has been arrested.

As a precaution, some patients in the emergency department waiting area were asked to move outside whilst the police dealt with the individual.

We did not have to evacuate the hospital. Staff followed protocol and placed the hospital in lockdown. People were prevented from leaving or entering the building.

Patients and staff are safe and we are operating as normal.

– Diane Wake, Chief Executive of The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

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