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Birmingham police custody suite evacuated in TB scare

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Image caption The man was taken to hospital because of the symptoms he was displaying, police said

A police custody suite was evacuated after a prisoner was taken to hospital with suspected Tuberculosis (TB).

Twelve other prisoners and eight members of police staff had to leave Birmingham Central Police Station at 10:20 BST because of the health scare.

They were transferred to Aston police station and the 53-year-old prisoner was taken to hospital following advice from police medics and City Hospital.

The suite was decontaminated before reopening at 15:00 BST, the force said.

The man was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure due to on-going symptoms of TB, the police spokesman added.

Staff and detainees were given appropriate medical advice on how to recognise early symptoms and obtain medical help.

Symptoms can include a persistent cough, a fever, night sweats and breathlessness.

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