Middleton bomb ‘hoax’: Man arrested over suspicious package left outside job centre

A man has been arrested in connection with a ‘suspicious package’ that sparked a bomb scare when it was left outside a Middleton benefits office this morning.

Police were called around 5am when a suspicious package was discovered outside the Job Centre on Oldham Road.

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team established that the package was not a viable explosive device.

The package has now been recovered and there is no threat to any members of the public. 

A man has now been arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb call. He remains in police custody for questioning.

Precautionary road closures have now been taken down and traffic is returning to normal.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101. 

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