Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has launched an investigation after a suspected explosive device was found in Trafford.
Shortly before 8.50am on 3 April 2017, a suspicious item was found by a member of the public. The item was found in a bush on Carr Green Lane in Warburton near to a National Grid station.
GMP discovered a metal hip flask. The hip flask is currently undergoing examination to determine its contents.
A cordon was set up and residents living in the immediate area were evacuated as a precaution. The Explosive Ordinance Disposal team were called and the item was removed safely.
The cordon has since been lifted and residents have been allowed to return to their homes. Detectives are now appealing to the public and would like to establish how the item got there.
Detective Inspector Simon Akker, from GMP’s Trafford borough, said the discovery is not being treated as terrorism related. Specialist officers have carried out forensic work and “extensive enquires”.
GMP thanks the community for their patience and understanding whilst initial investigations were carried out.
“Key to this investigation is finding out who left the item in the area and why”. Officers are trawling through CCTV footage and forensic work. GMP believes that the public “could hold answers as well”.
Anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area is asked to contact police. Additionally, those who saw anyone pull up in a car nearby are also asked to contact police.
Information may prove to be vital to the investigation.
Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 7530 or 101 quoting incident number 460 of 3 April 2017. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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