‘Suspicious device’ made safe in Oldham Town Centre

Reporter: Jon Chubb
Date published: 07 February 2019

It was shortly before 11am when police were called to reports of a possible suspicious package on Bow Street in Oldham.

Bomb disposal officers attended and the device was made safe.

Immediate surrounding properties were evacuated as a precaution but residents have now been able to return safely to their homes, and the cordon has been lifted.

An investigation has been launched and enquiries are ongoing.

Superintendent Danny Inglis, of Greater Manchester Police’s Oldham district, said: “A device was found on Bow Street, which was safely removed by specialist officers. This investigation is being led by GMP’s Organised Crime Team and it is not being treated as terrorism-related.

“I understand this may cause some concern but we do not believe there to be any wider threat to the public and the cordon has now been lifted.

“If you saw anything or anyone acting suspiciously in the area or have any information that could assist our enquiries, please get in touch with us as soon as you can.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 665 of 06/02/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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