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'Controlled Explosion' on Suspicious Package at Rochdale

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A controlled explosion has been carried out after a suspicious package was found at Rochdale football club.

Police were called to the League One club's Spotland stadium shortly after 15:00 BST on Wednesday.

The ground and several homes in Mons Avenue were evacuated as bomb disposal experts dealt with the incident.

Greater Manchester Police said residents were later allowed to return to their houses and an investigation was continuing.

The force later said the package was "non-viable".


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2 hours ago, Pyfish said:

Good that it's non-viable. Always make me wonder what exactly they found. What makes it suspicious? 


Update in relation to Spotland Stadium incident


12:40 03/10/2019

Shortly after 3.06 pm on Wednesday 2 October 2019, police were called to reports of a suspicious package at Spotland Stadium, Rochdale.

Staff from the stadium and a number of households on Mons Avenue were evacuated.

Bomb disposal officers attended and a controlled explosion of the package was carried out.

The scene has been closed and people allowed to return to their properties.

The package was deemed to be non-viable.

Enquiries are ongoing.

Chief Inspector Niall Hayden-Pawson of GMP’s Rochdale District said: “Public safety is our first priority and I’d like to thank residents for their patience while officers dealt with this incident.

“I would also like to thank the effective partnership working between ourselves, the club and the local authority during our response.”


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