Suspect package at Old Trafford was firm’s ‘training device’
Manchester United-Bournemouth match was abandoned after discovery of item
A patrol team at Old Trafford in Manchester after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was abandoned due to a suspect device. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Greater Manchester Police made the extraordinary announcement after a controlled explosion was carried out on the item at Old Trafford.
Police and security staff were forced to evacuate the stadium shortly before the scheduled 3pm kick-off on Sunday and the game was called off soon afterwards.
GMP said in a statement: “A suspicious item found at Old Trafford football stadium, which required a controlled explosion to be carried out, has now been identified as a training device.”