Hundreds of people are evacuated from leafy Manchester suburb as ‘bomb squad and police investigate suspicious package’
- Buildings have been evacuated and several roads are closed in Hazel Grove
- Army bomb disposal units are understood to be heading to the scene
- Police received reports of a ‘suspicious package’ at a property at 4.15pm
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes and businesses in a leafy Manchester suburb as a ‘bomb squad’ and police investigate a suspicious package.
Buildings have been evacuated and several roads major roads are closed in Hazel Grove, Stockport, this evening.
Army bomb disposal units are understood to be heading to the scene on Chester Road.
Police received a call about a suspicious package found in a property at 4.15pm today.
The A6 London Road has been closed from the Wilfred Wood to Torkington Road, while Chester Road is also closed by American Golf.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes and businesses in a leafy Manchester suburb as a ‘bomb squad’ and police investigate a suspicious package
Queues are said to be building back to Great Moor with Commercial Road, Hazelwood Road and A523 Macclesfield Road all congested.
One man who works at Lynx Taxis on London Road, said he was evacuated from his building at around 5.30pm.
He said: ‘We saw a few police cars all of a sudden racing down the A6. I went outside to have a look and there were people everywhere. Police were ushering people away.
‘It was really chaotic and there were lots of people around being pushed back by police.
‘They said there was a 100m cordon in place. This was about 5.30pm.
‘Police told us we needed to evacuate our building.
Army bomb disposal units are understood to be heading to the scene on Chester Road
‘We waited for about 10 to 15 minutes at the cordon and then my manager told me to go home.
‘I saw six fire engines waiting in the Sainsbury’s car park and probably about 20 police vehicles.
‘You could tell something serious was going on.’
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: ‘Police are currently responding to an incident in Hazel Grove.
‘At around 4.15pm today (Thursday 10 September), police were called to reports that a suspicious item had been found at a property on Chester Road, Hazel Grove.
‘Officers are in attendance and enquiries and ongoing. A cordon remains in place and those in the vicinity have been evacuated as a precaution.’