Manchester bomb threat: Unexploded First World War device safely removed from West Didsbury home

By Dean Wilkins

Evacuated families are being allowed to return to their homes after a bomb from the First World War was found at a home in West Didsbury today.

A woman was left shocked after finding the unexploded device at a home on Burton Road, Manchester, shortly after lunchtime today.

Emergency crews evacuated homes and urged residents to stay indoors as a precaution while bomb disposal experts attended the scene.

The foot-long bomb – suspected to be a 100-year-old weapon from World War I – has been taken away by emergency crews and road closures around West Didsbury are being lifted.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Shortly before 1.15pm on Wednesday 31 October 2012, police were called to Burton Road, West Didsbury, following reports of a WW1 shell being found.

“Officers attended and identified the location.

“An Explosive Ordinance Disposal team attended and recovered the device.

“As a precaution, a cordon was put in place which was lifted by 3.20pm and all those evacuated were allowed to return to their properties.”

BOMB THREAT: Greater Manchester Police attend home in West Didsbury

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