Saturday, 7 April 2012

Man held nurse in office at Birmingham City Hospital


A 40-year-old man has been arrested after a nurse was held in a locked office at a Birmingham hospital.
The man, from the Handsworth area of the city, detained the nurse for about an hour at City Hospital on Saturday afternoon.
A hospital spokeswoman said the nurse was "released physically unharmed" and police said no threats were made about the safety of the medic.
The hospital remained open while some ambulances were diverted elsewhere.
The spokeswoman added: "Some patients who were close to the incident were moved for their safety and non-urgent ambulances were diverted to other hospitals during the incident.
"Our staff kept calm and responded magnificently to a very difficult situation.
"Our priority now is to return the ward to normal and ensure the nurse involved and other staff and patients close to the incident receive the support they need."
A West Midlands Police spokesman said no weapons were found.

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