Man arrested after “grenade” forced evacuation on Salford Street

A man has been arrested after police were forced to evacuate a Salford street over a suspected ‘grenade’ found inside a house.

Emergency services came down on New Street, Swinton, last night (November 1) after police handled another incident.

Officers had been called out due to concerns about a man’s welfare before they found what is believed to be a grenade around 8 p.m.

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Four fire trucks drove out onto the street, off the A666 Bolton Road, to help police evacuate residents from their properties.

Police at the scene Monday night
Police at the scene Monday night

A police roadblock was put in place before a bomb squad arrived at the scene.

But the object was found to be ‘non-viable’ by bomb disposal experts, and now a 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of an explosive crime and waste of police time.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Police responded to a report of concern for a man’s welfare attending a property around 8pm on Monday, November 1, 2021 on New Street, Swinton.

“The officers attended and found the man, and upon inquiries, a possible grenade was uncovered on the property.

“According to an assessment by bomb disposal officers, the grenade was found to be non-viable.

“A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of an offense during the blast and for wasting police time.

“He remains in custody for questioning.”

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