Police have said that a security alert which led to buildings in Birmingham’s Moseley Road being evacuated was down to a bomb hoax.
Officers closed a stretch of the road through Balsall Heath at 5pm on Wednesday so they could carry out searches.
Rush-hour commuters on the number 50 bus reported that cars and buses had to be diverted to surrounding streets. The cordon stretched from Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College in Highgate to the junction with Brighton Road in Moseley.
West Midlands Police tweeted through its @WMPolice account that “Officers have evacuated a school and surrounding buildings in Moseley Road this afternoon following a security threat.”
It later added: “There is a cordon around the immediate area in Moseley Road, while searches are carried out, this is a precautionary measure.”
After the road was re-opened, a police spokesman added: “There was no bomb – it was a hoax.”
Earlier in the day a Twitter account claimed the Redstone Academy, a part-time school in the street with an Islamic-friendly ethos, had been targeted by anti-Muslim activists.
Site user Umm Ruqaiya tweeted: “My Muslim brothers and sisters, tell each other and run away from Redstone Academy as soon as possible or u will die.”
The tweets that led to the security alert: