Bomb squad scrambled after fisherman ‘pulls explosive from canal’

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A bomb squad has been called to Newton Heath after a fisherman pulled out a suspected explosive out of the canal.

Police scrambled to Rochdale Canal off Grimshaw Lane shortly after 7.50am following reports of a potential explosive in the area.

Officers have closed surrounding roads and at least one nearby business is said to have been evacuated, Manchester Evening News reports.

Train services in the area were briefly suspended amid reports of a "wartime bomb near the railway between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge."

Joan Ward, who runs a food van near the street, told M.E.N. a man popped in for a cup of tea and told her he had just "fished a bomb out of the canal."

She said: "A chap came for a cup of tea and said 'I've just fished a bomb of out the canal so I phoned the police'.

"He's still there now talking to them and the bomb's on the side of the canal.

"They've shut all the roads and said they could be closed all day, so we've got to close.

"Budget Greeting Cards on Chapter Street has been evacuated as well.

"You can see all the staff standing around outside."

In a statement police said the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) has been deployed and investigators are currently at the scene assessing the item

Greater Manchester Police said: "Officers were called shortly after 7.50am this morning to reports of a suspicious item being found near the Rochdale Canal on Grimshaw Lane in Newton Heath.

"EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) are to attend the scene and assess the item.

"A number of buildings have been evacuated and some road closures are in place as a precaution at this time."

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