Manchester panic: Bomb squad rush to emergency as ‘historic mortar round’ found in canal

Manchester panic: Bomb squad rush to emergency as ‘historic mortar round’ found in canal

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have erected a large cordon around the area of interest while specialist teams seek to examine the potentially explosive device. Police and firefighters have also swarmed the section of Ashton Canal where the device was spotted. A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said one engine was sent to the scene. 

GMP said it was found at around 2.40pm today. 

Photos from the canalside show a firefighter and a paramedic talking to a team of what appears to be bomb disposal experts. 

An “RLC Bomb Disposal” van can be seen nearby. 

Officers can be seen guarding a cordon in a residential street. 

In a statement, GMP said: “Police were called at around 2.40pm on Sunday, December 6 to a report of a suspected historic mortar round having been found in the Ashton Canal, Edge Lane, Droylsden.

“Emergency services are in attendance and bomb disposal officers are due to make an assessment of the device.”

At around 5.30pm a reporter at the scene said police, firefighters and the bomb disposal squad were packing up. 

People took to social media to comment on the rare finding in the canal. 

Some pointed out how unusual it was to have two suspicious devices found in the waters of Greater Manchester in the space of two months. 

In October a bomb squad rushed to a canal in Newton Heath after a fisherman pulled a suspected bomb from the water. 

Officers evacuated a nearby shop while bomb experts carried out an investigation. 

And Northern Rail was forced to cancel services on multiple routes due to the discovery of the “wartime bomb”.

This is a breaking news story… More to follow…

Published at Sun, 06 Dec 2020 17:44:00 +0000