Five arrested after controlled detonation
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have arrested five people after carrying out a controlled explosion of a device found while investigating an unrelated matter.
A 25-year-old man, a 17-year old male and three women aged 19, 24 and 41 have been arrested on suspicion of Explosives Act offences and remain in custody for questioning.
The suspicious device was found while officers were investigating the theft of a motorbike at an address on Bury Old Road, in the Heywood area of Manchester just before 9.20pm on Thursday (January 3).
Bomb disposal officers were immediately alerted and carried out the controlled explosion in a nearby field. Immediately surrounding properties were evacuated as a precaution.
Everybody has now been able to return to their homes, and the cordon has been lifted.
Chief Inspector Mark Warner, of GMP’s Rochdale division, said: “I understand this will have caused concern to the community, but the device has now been safely dealt with and we do not believe there to be any wider threat.
“We have five people in custody and enquiries are continuing.
“Whilst the device is believed to have been viable, the investigation is being led by Rochdale CID and is not currently being treated as terrorism related.
“I would urge anyone with any information to please get in touch as soon as possible so that we can piece together the circumstances surrounding this discovery.”