Residents were ordered to stay indoors, and bomb disposal units were called after a child found a “suspicious object” in the canal.
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Residents were ordered to stay indoors, and bomb disposal units were called after a child found a “suspicious object” in the canal.

Residents were ordered to “stay indoors” and streets were closed by police after a “suspicious object” was discovered in a canal.

Emergency services, including police and fire services, as well as explosives units, attended Shawhill Walk in Miles Platting shortly after 3.30pm on Wednesday (July 10).




The incident comes after reports emerged that a child who was suspected of being magnet fishing in the Ashton Canal had produced a device believed to be a grenade.

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Police were called to the scene and cordoned off Shawhill Road and Glenen Street. Residents said Manchester Evening News as officers knocked on their doors and told them to stay inside.

“We were told it was a World War II hand grenade,” said one resident. “One of our neighbors’ kids found it while fishing for magnets. He pulled it out of the canal.

The device was pulled from the Ashton Canal(Photo: Manchester Evening News)

“The police knocked on all our doors; there are only two entrances to the house we live in and they blocked us off from the rest and from the car park on the main road. They told us we had to stay in the house and that we would be escorted if we went out.

“But the police seem nice and calm about it all. I think they’re waiting for the bomb squad to arrive, but the police and fire department have been here for hours.”