Replica hand grenade causes bomb scare at Ashton Retail Park
Wednesday 28th June 2017 @ 12:36 by Tom Greggan
Ashton News

There were dramatic scenes at Ashton Retail Park earlier today as bomb disposal experts were called in after a replica hand grenade caused a scare.

The replica hand grenade was found among bric-a-brac donated to the Barnardos charity shop.

Staff at the Barnados charity shop discovered the grenade among bric-a-brac that had been donated to the store. They immediately called the police who were on the scene in ten minutes, evacuating every shop on the park and securing the area.

Employees and customers huddled in the pouring rain as the bomb squad arrived at 12:20pm. It took around 40 minutes for the bomb disposal team to establish the grenade was a replica and staff were allowed to reopen their shops at 1 o’clock.

Staff and customers huddled in the pouring rain as bomb experts went to work.

Inspector Paul Smith of GMP’s Tameside Borough, said: “I’m pleased to say the situation is now over and it is business as usual.

“We responded quickly and effectively to negate any threat to people in the local area but thanks to an assessment by bomb disposal officers, I can confirm the device found was not genuine and did not pose any risk to people’s safety.

“Thank you to everyone in the area for their patience and understanding as we responded to the report.”