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Oldham town centre lockdown: Bomb squad investigate suspicious package

Town centre is locked down as bomb squad is called in to investigate a suspicious package

  • Oldham on lockdown after bomb squad called to reports of suspicious package 
  • Number of residents in the town in Greater Manchester, have been evacuated
  • Explosive ordnance experts were  called and are pictured below at the scene 

Oldham town centre is on lockdown after a bomb squad was called to reports of a suspicious package in a set of bins. 

Police said a number of residents in the town in Greater Manchester, have been evacuated as a result of the scare this morning.

Explosive ordnance experts have been called to the scene on Bow Street, where a cordon is in place.

Police said a number of residents in the town in Greater Manchester, have been evacuated as a result of the scare this morning. Explosive ordnance experts have been called to the scene on Bow Street, where a cordon is in place

Police said a number of residents in the town in Greater Manchester, have been evacuated as a result of the scare this morning. Explosive ordnance experts have been called to the scene on Bow Street, where a cordon is in place

A number of car parks are also understood to be affected. No further details have been revealed, but the package is currently being assessed

A number of car parks are also understood to be affected. No further details have been revealed, but the package is currently being assessed

A number of car parks are also understood to be affected. No further details have been revealed, but the package is currently being assessed. It is understood the contents of a bin were being x-rayed this afternoon

A number of car parks are also understood to be affected. No further details have been revealed, but the package is currently being assessed. It is understood the contents of a bin were being x-rayed this afternoon

A number of car parks are also understood to be affected. No further details have been revealed, but the package is currently being assessed.

It is understood the contents of a bin were being x-rayed this afternoon.

Officers tonight have lifted the cordon following fears earlier in the day. 

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: ‘Shortly before 11am today, police were called to reports of a suspicious package on Bow Street in Oldham.

‘An assessment is currently being made and EOD are attending the scene. 

‘Some residents have been evacuated as a precaution. A safety cordon is in place on Bow Street. At this stage the disruption caused is believed to be minimal.’ 

Superintendent Danny Inglis, of GMP’s Oldham district, tonight 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.’   

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