Yet another school in the West Midland area has been evacuated following a bomb threat, bringing the total to seven since 19 January. Police were called to reports of a threat made to Great Barr Comprehensive School in Birmingham at around 08:40am on 27 January.

Pupils were moved out of the building as a precaution, but have since returned to classes after police declared the area safe.

The threat follows on from Oldbury Academy and Bristnall Hall Academy in Sandwell being evacuated the previous day (26 January). West Midlands Police said they previously received six reported bomb threats - two more in Sandwell, one in Dudley and one in south Birmingham - none of which were ruled as credible.

On 19 January, both Oldbury Academy and Bristnall Hall Academy were among four in the West Midlands area which were evacuated following a "false and malicious" bomb threats.

West Midlands Police said the hoax threat made to Great Barr is not linked to the previous evacuations. A spokesperson said: "We believe the report to be false and malicious and it is not being linked to previous hoax calls made to schools in the West Midlands area."