Stockport incident: Hundreds of homes evacuated as cops put up 1.5-mile cordon after 'suspicious item' found at property

HUNDREDS of homes were evacuated this evening after a "suspicious item" sparked a major bomb scare.

A huge police cordon stretching 1.5 miles was put in place in Hazel Grove and several roads were shut.

Police said a 'suspicious item' was found at a property on Chester Road.

There were two separate cordons in place, one on London Road that stretched 1.5 miles from Dialstone Lane to Torkington Road.

MP William Wrag for the area called the incident 'extremely concerning'.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News, he said: "I am grateful to the police for what they are doing and hopefully they can find out what the issue is, sort it out as soon as possible, and people can return to their homes."

The owner of Hazel Spice told MEN: "It was about 5.30ish when they told us to leave.

"We’ve been waiting here for about three hours now. A lot businesses will be affected today”

Customers at a McDonald's on London Road were evacuated and were told they couldn't go near their homes or businesses.

Greater Manchester Police have now confirmed that incident is over: "The incident in Hazel Grove in Stockport has now ended and the cordon will be lifted shortly.

"Following extensive enquiries, officers have established that there is no risk to the public. Thank you for your patience whilst we responded."


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