A BOMB squad was called to a Norton address after "suspicious items" were found by West Midlands Police.

Officers arrested a 37-year-old man from the property, on The Broadway, on suspicion of making threats to kill last night (Wednesday, January 3).

They confirmed that the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team arrived a the scene at midday today (Thursday, January 4) to assess the items, with occupants on either side of the property being evacuated.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: "Last night (Wednesday 3 January), we discovered suspicious items at an address in The Broadway, Norton, after a 37-year-old man from the property was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill. He remains in custody.

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"As a precaution, an initial cordon was created around the property which remains today.

"The Army’s EOD team arrived on scene at midday today (Thursday) to assess the items".

Local officers have been at the scene to provide "reassurance to residents."

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The spokesperson added: "We understand that incidents like this can cause alarm among the local community and we are taking all appropriate steps to safeguard residents.

"Occupants of premises on each side of the property have been evacuated".

A resident of nearby Shenstone Avenue, who did not wish to be named, said she was shocked by the incident. 

She said: "My initial reaction is fear because it's so close. You couldn't write it could you?"

West Midlands Police later confirmed that the property has been "made safe", with enquiries ongoing. 

They said they are "grateful to local residents for their cooperation".