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Cordon still in place as explosives found at a house in Hyde
Tuesday 20th June 2017 @ 14:20 by Tom Greggan
Hyde News

A cordon is still in place in Hyde after guns, ammunition and an explosive device was found in a house on Newton Hall Road.

Police officers from Tameside raided the property last night after they received intelligence from partner agencies and arrested two men, aged 28 and 58, on suspicion of possession of a firearm. Both men have since been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.

Bomb disposal experts were called in but did not carry out a controlled explosion. Greater Manchester Police stressed the raid was not related to any terror investigation; it’s believed to be an isolated incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Ennis of GMP’s Tameside Borough, said last night: “As we remain at the scene on Newton Hall Road, I’d like to thank the local people for their patience in what has been a long and disruptive day.

“Thanks to information from our partners, we have been able to take positive action and prevent these weapons from making their way onto the streets of Hyde; preventing any risk to people’s safety.

“I understand seeing bomb disposal officers in the area may be alarming to some people, especially following recent events, but I’d like to reassure you that we have this situation under control and have acted quickly to avoid any further disruption or threat to the community.

“I’d also like to reassure people that this investigation is not terror related and officers will remain at the scene throughout the night and may continue to be there tomorrow.

“If you have any concerns or information that may aid our investigation, please feel free to approach them.”

Detective Inspector Julie Maxwell of GMP’s Tameside Borough, added today: “While two people have been released under investigation, our enquiries continue and a cordon remains in place on Newton Hall Road.

“We still have a number of actions to complete at the scene and officers will stay in the area throughout the day to answer any questions you may have.

“Again, I’d like to reiterate that this is not related to a terror investigation and we believe this to be an isolated investigation.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 497 of 19/06/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.