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Thursday, 7 March, 2002, 21:06 GMT
GCSE work creates bomb scare
Evacuation of Birmingham New Street station
The station was evacuated for several hours
A Hereford schoolboy has apologised for causing a major security alert when he accidentally left his technology project on a train.

New Street Station in Birmingham was evacuated for several hours on Tuesday after police found what they thought was a suspect package on a train.

It was not until they questioned passengers on the same train the following day that they traced the mystery device to 15-year-old Christian King.

The package was an electronic foot pedal for a guitar made as part of his Design and Technology GCSE coursework.

Christian King
Christian King: "Really sorry"

"I'd like to say I'm very sorry for causing the trouble that I did," the Hereford Cathedral School pupil told the BBC.

"It was a terrible accident and I'm really sorry."

Police have confirmed they are treating Christian's forgetfulness as an honest mistake, and will be taking no further action against him.

But a further problem remains for the schoolboy.

His teachers are now consulting the examination board on how to grade the project since its destruction in a controlled explosion.


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