Oldham Library set to reopen after bomb scare

Reporter: Jon Chubb
Date published: 07 May 2019

Oldham Library is preparing to reopen its doors this morning (Tuesday 7th May) for the first time since Greater Manchester Police cleared the building following, what turned out to be, a bomb scare.

It was on Friday afternoon (3rd May) when staff and visitors were evacuated from the library on Greaves Street after a suspicious package was found in the men’s toilets.

Around the same time a similar device was discovered in Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester City Centre.

Members of the bomb squad rushed to Gallery Oldham but later determined the device was ‘non-viable’ however the building remained closed throughout the Bank Holiday weekend as officers completed their investigation into the incident.


A statement from Oldham Council confirmed the closure adding: “Oldham Library and Gallery Oldham remain closed today

(Saturday, May 4) to enable police to complete investigations into an incident. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope to reopen as normal next Tuesday following the Bank Holiday weekend”

A 26-year old man was arrested on Friday on suspicion of a bomb hoax offence, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a bladed article and possession of an offensive weapon in connection with the incidents.

He has since been sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983.


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