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

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

 

The suspect package which led to Manchester United’s Premier League game against Bournemouth being abandoned was a dummy device left over from a private company’s training exercise.

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.”

PA

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