Three people have been arrested after villagers were evacuated from their homes when a ‘homemade explosive device’ was found by police.
People were evacuated from houses and businesses in a Greater Manchester town after a ‘homemade explosive device’ was found by police.
The device was discovered during a pre-planned dawn raid this morning in Ramsbottom.
Three people were arrested on suspicion of making explosive devices and are in custody and bomb disposal experts are on the scene.
The device was discovered during a pre-planned dawn raid this morning in Ramsbottom, where a bomb disposal team is pictured
Several streets are cordoned off while the device is made safe by specialist officers.
A Lancashire police spokesperson said: ‘A cordon is currently in place at an address in Stubbins.
‘Officers attended the property on William Street to carry out a pre-planned warrant this morning and a cordon has been established around the property following the discovery of what appears to be to be a small homemade explosive device inside the address.
‘The Explosives Ordnance Department are attending.
‘A number of nearby properties have been evacuated as a precaution and a number of roads are closed and diversions put in place.
‘There are rest centres at the Rostron Arms pub at Edenfield and Haslingden Sports Centre, Helmshore Road, if people need somewhere to go until the incident is concluded.’
Three people were arrested on suspicion of making explosive devices. Pictured: A police officer standing guard
Supt Stasia Osiowy added: ‘We have evacuated a number of properties as a precautionary measure but there is not believed to be any immediate threat. We will endeavour to return people to their homes as soon as possible.’
‘Three people have been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing explosive devices and are currently in custody.
‘Enquiries are on-going.’
Kane Anthony Hair Studio, a salon on Bolton Road North, said in a statement: ‘Unfortunately due to a police issue in the area, the salon has been evacuated.
‘At this moment in time, we do not know a time we can re open.
‘We apologise for any inconvenience caused for all clients, and will be in touch as soon as possible to rearrange your appointments.’
There have been no reports of any injuries.
Several streets are cordoned off while the device is made safe by the specialist officers