Nursery ‘evacuated’ with bomb squad deployed as witnesses report ‘loud bang’

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A street in Bolton is currently closed off after police investigate reports of a “suspect device”, with reports that a nursery has been evacuated and a bomb disposal robot on the scene, according on one eyewitness. Part of Blackburn Road in the Sharples area of the town is shut between Holden Avenue and Stonyhurst Avenue.

Reporting from the scene, Manchester Evening News reporter Ethan Davies tweeted:”We’ve just seen the bomb disposal robot deployed.

“It’s turned left between Sweetloves Lane and Holden Avenue, near to Little Lambs nursery.”

He followed this up with: “We’ve just heard a loud bang.”

A man then wearing a bomb disposal suit then approached the suspicious device, he added.

A spokesman said: “Greater Manchester Police were called at around 8am today (Wednesday 22 March 2023) to Sweetloves Lane in Bolton to reports of suspicious items being found.

“Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) are currently assessing the items. A current 100m cordon is in place to ensure the safety of the public.

“There is believed to be no wider risk to the community.” Traffic is currently being diverted away from the area in both directions.”

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