Birmingham New Street Station has been evacuated with passengers reportedly urged to get away from a hand grenade. Passengers were told to get as far away from the building as possible, according to reports on social media.
The security incident at the busy rail hub has seen all services running in and out of the station delayed as a 100 metre cordon was put in place.
A person who said they were at the station claimed the conductor on the 15:28 from Derby told passengers a suspected hand grenade had been found at the station on platform 1.
Alarms have reportedly been going off with people are warned to get away from the station. Police and paramedics descended on the station.
A police officer at the scene told The Mirror they expected the station to be shut for at least two or three hours or possibly longer, adding it was a “serious incident” which was “firearms related.”
West Midlands Ambulance service said: “We are aware of reports of a suspicious item at New Street Station in Birmingham.
“Ambulance crews are working with colleagues from @WMPolice @BTPBhm and @WestMidsFire. The station has been evacuated as a precaution while the item is assessed.”
A passenger stuck on a train bound for Birmingham New Street told the same publication: “I’m currently stuck on a train that was due to come into the station when it suddenly stopped.
“We were told that its a potential ‘package’ is on one of the platforms. They are giving out free mini water bottles to those who need it. We are not sure when we will get off.”
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Twitter user Stacey Quigley wrote on the social media platform: “Birmingham new street evacuation #birmingham been told to get as far away from building as possible.”
Transport for West Midlands tweeted: ” @TransportForWM All lines to @NetworkRailBHM are currently blocked due to an incident.
“As a result, the station has been evacuated. Expect delays and disruption to train services. Allow extra time for travel and consider using alternative modes of transport.”
An eyewitness told Birmingham Live: “The police have told us there has been an incident, but they aren’t telling us any more. We can hear an alarm in the distance, but people are just standing round waiting at the moment.”
Footage shared online filmed at the station shows crowds of people evacuated and filling streets outside the rail hub.