People evacuated after police find ‘homemade explosive device’

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Houses and businesses have been evacuated in Greater Manchester after police discovered a ‘homemade explosive device’.

Bomb disposal experts have been drafted in, the Manchester Evening News reports.

People were asked to leave the area in Ramsbottom after officers discovered the device during a pre-planned raid this morning, Wednesday November 6th.

William Street in Stubbins has been cordoned off, as well as several nearby streets - rest centres are in operation at the Rostron Arms pub and Haslingden Sports Centre.

Superintendent Stasia Osiowy, of Lancashire East Police, said: “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.”

According to the MEN, the incident is not believed to be terror-related.

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing explosive devices.

Police have now released some information about the suspects, confirming two men have been arrested, aged 26 and 27, as well as an 18-year-old woman.

They remain in custody, while enquiries are ongoing.

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