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.
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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