Manchester emergency: 'Suspicious item' forces hundreds to evacuate – police rush to scene

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Manchester emergency: 'Suspicious item' forces hundreds to evacuate – police rush to scene

A huge police cordon is currently in place in Hazel Grove, in Stockport, and several roads have been shut, including a huge section of the A6 Londo

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A huge police cordon is currently in place in Hazel Grove, in Stockport, and several roads have been shut, including a huge section of the A6 London Road. Police said the ‘suspicious item’ was found at a property on Chester Road.

”Officers are in attendance and enquiries are ongoing,” a Greater Manchester Police statement read.

“A cordon remains in place and those in the vicinity have been evacuated as a precaution.”

Queues are said to be building back to Great Moor with Commercial Road, Hazelwood Road and Macclesfield Road all congested.

According to the Manchester Evening News: “Police officers are telling residents not to go into their homes, people are being evacuated.

“One neighbour has just been allowed into the cordon to go and get their dog from their home.”

A local officer worker said: “We saw a few police cars all of a sudden racing down the A6.

“I went outside to have a look and there were people everywhere. Police were ushering people away.

“It was really chaotic and there were lots of people around being pushed back by police.”

The witnessed added there was a 100m cordon in place.

They continued: “Police told us we needed to evacuate our building.

“We waited for about 10 to 15 minutes at the cordon and then my manager told me to go home.

“I saw fix fire engines waiting in the Sainsbury’s car park and probably about 20 police vehicles.

“You could tell something serious was going on.”

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