Eccles nail bomb: Soldier arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences

By Danielle Wainwright

A soldier has been arrested after a nail bomb was discovered in a Eccles house last week.

Police executed a warrant shortly before 1.30pm on Thursday November 28 at an address on Mellor Street, Patricroft.

A 19-year-old man was detained at an army base in Germany on Monday December 2 on suspicion of terrorism offences and was flown back to the UK to face questioning.

He was released on bail until January pending further enquiries.

A second 20-year-old man was also arrested after abusive images were found as well as right-wing leaflets in the same house.

As army bomb disposal officers were brought in to safely remove the bomb residents living nearby were evacuated to a local school.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “A man was arrested on suspicion of Section 57 of the Terrorism Act. He has now been bailed.

“During a search of the property, a suspicious device was found.

“Specialist officers assessed the device and were later able to confirm it was no longer a threat to the community.”

An Army spokesman added: “We can confirm that an individual has been arrested on charges linked to the discovery of a suspicious device in Salford.

“Greater Manchester Police is investigating this and it would be inappropriate to comment further during the ongoing investigation.”

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