Suspicious packages close Crewe showroom and Walsall College

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Suspicious packages found at a car showroom and at Walsall College have caused disruption, closing nearby roads and businesses.

The car dealership, on Weston Road, Crewe, was subject to a closure shortly after 10am today (March 19).

Investigations were carried out at the business, by the Army’s Royal Logistics Corps bomb disposal team.

A Cheshire Police spokesperson, said: “At 10.09am this morning (March 19), police were called to a car showroom in Weston Road, Crewe, following reports of a suspicious package.

“As a precaution, police have cordoned off the area and closed Weston Road.

“Nearby businesses were evacuated and the Explosive Ordinance Disposal team were called to assess the package.

“The disposal team confirmed the item was not viable, therefore would not explode and the cordon could be lifted.

“The road was reopened and those evacuated were able to return.”

In another incident, Walsall College was also evacuated due to a bomb threat made shortly after 9am today (March 19).

Walsall College, which has approximately 15,000 students enrolled, was forced to issue tweets to students and staff warning them not to come on to the campus.

The first tweet read: “Walsall College is requiring all staff and students to leave all of our campuses this morning. A bomb threat prompted this evacuation.”

Two hours later they issued another tweet on their Twitter page: “All of our campuses will remain closed, and classes cancelled for the remainder of today. We thank staff and students for their professionalism during today’s evacuation, and can confirm that we will be open as usual tomorrow morning.”

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police, said: “We are investigating emails sent to a number of schools in the West Midlands this morning making bomb threats – at this stage it is believed they are false and malicious.

“At around 9.45am, emails started to be sent to schools and colleges across the region making the threat.

“There is nothing to suggest there is any credible threat to any of the schools.”

It is unknown at this time whether the incidents at the car dealership in Crewe and Walsall College are related.

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