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CCTV images of suspicious package suspect released

The man police want to speak to
Image caption Transport services were stopped for several hours while the package was investigated

Police investigating a suspicious package posted to a refugee council office have released images of a man they believe to be a suspect.

Hundreds of workers had to leave their offices while bomb disposal experts checked the package at the council's branch in Lionel Street, Birmingham.

Train and tram services stopped for several hours on 13 July. The package was later confirmed as harmless.

Police said they were keen to speak to the man shown on the CCTV images.

'Cowardly crime'

The Refugee Council champions the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK and at the time of the incident police said they were looking at whether it was a racially-motivated "malicious hoax".

Lionel Street, Constitution Hill and Livery Street in the city centre were closed.

Det Sgt Mick Ross, said: "This was a cowardly crime which left innocent members of the public fearing for their safety and the safety of their family and friends."

Anyone with information is urged to contact West Midlands Police.

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