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Birmingham New Street fire alert shuts railway station

Passengers were evacuated from the station
Image caption Passengers were evacuated from the station

Rail services at Birmingham New Street have been severely disrupted by a full station evacuation.

Hundreds of people were told to evacuate the building when a number of fire alarms sounded at about 1005 GMT.

West Midlands Police said it was a false alarm. Officers said they suspected there was a fault with the station's fire alarm systems.

Network Rail said the station reopened at about 1055 GMT but services would take some time to get back to normal.

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