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Armed police swoop on Manchester road over bomb threat – before man is arrested for making false claims while disposal team tackle suspicious package

  • Police were called to a report of concern for the welfare of a man in Dukinfield
  • Officers have arrested a man on suspicion of making a malicious communication
  • Bomb disposal are due to make an assessment of a suspicious package at scene

A suspect has been arrested after armed police were scrambled to the scene of a man claiming to possess an explosive device.

Police were called at around 12.45pm on Thursday to a report of concern for the welfare of a man in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said they have arrested a man on suspicion of making a malicious communication.

A cordon is in place on Birch Lane, with bomb disposal officers due to make an assessment of a suspicious package at the scene.

A hairdresser inside the cordon told Manchester Evening News: ‘We have been told to lock the door and we are not allowed to go out.

‘I think they are searching the area. They have stopped cars coming down the road.

‘Police have been to us and told us to lock the door and move away from the window.’

A spokesman for GMP confirmed they were attending the incident this afternoon.

In a statement it said: ‘Officers were called to a property on Birch Lane, Dukinfield at around 12.45pm this afternoon (Thursday 16 January 2020) to a report of concern for the welfare of a male claiming to possess an explosive device.

‘Police have arrested a male on suspicion of making a malicious communication.

‘A cordon is in place on Birch Lane.

‘Bomb disposal officers are due to make an assessment of a suspicious package at the scene.’ 

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