About 20,000 people have been evacuated from Birmingham city centre amid a security alert. West Midlands Police asked people to leave Broad Street, the main entertainment hub and two other areas. Some city homes were also evacuated.
No vehicles are being allowed past the inner ring road into the city centre. Police said they acted after receiving intelligence of an unspecified threat. They said a controlled explosion had been carried out earlier on a bus.
More information from West Midland Police
At about 8.40 pm, in the light of further information, that message changed asking people to leave the inner ring road and the area around Broad Street was evacuated. UPDATE:
From the West Midland Police:
"We can now confirm the package which was found at the Travel Lodge in Birmingham city centre has the characteristics of a device but we are unable to go into further details until it has been examined and reviewed by the bomb squad."