Homes and businesses evacuated in Stockport after ‘suspicious item’ found

Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes and workplaces in Stockport tonight after a ‘suspicious item’ was found.

Police were called to reports that a suspicious item had been found at a property on Chester Road in Hazel Grove at around 4.15pm on Thursday (September 10).

A huge police cordon was in place on London Road for several hours with dozens of police vehicles at the scene.

Properties on the A6 London Road, Chester Road and Hatherlow Lane were evacuated ‘as a precaution’, including a McDonald’s and a number of pubs and takeaways.

Police were called to reports that a suspicious item had been found at a property on Chester Road
(Image: Manchester Evening News)

One resident told the M.E.N it was ‘really scary’ being evacuated from her home.

A second cordon was in place on Pepper Road, around a mile away from the London Road.

Employees at a business on Pepper Road also had to be evacuated for several hours.

A cordon on Pepper Road in Hazel Grove
(Image: Manchester Evening News)

The cordon was lifted at around 8pm after Greater Manchester Police confirmed that there was ‘no risk to the public’.

In a statement issued earlier this evening, a GMP spokesperson said: “Police are currently responding to an incident in Hazel Grove.

“At around 4.15pm today (Thursday 10 September), police were called to reports that a suspicious item had been found at a property on Chester Road, Hazel Grove.

“Officers are in attendance and enquiries and ongoing.

“A cordon remains in place and those in the vicinity have been evacuated as a precaution.

“Please avoid the area and follow @OfficialTfGM for travel updates.”

Police at the scene on London Road
(Image: Manchester Evening News)

Officers then issued a further update confirming that the ‘suspicious item’ posed no risk to the public.

The statement said: “The incident in Hazel Grove has now ended and the cordon will be lifted shortly.

“Following extensive enquiries, officers have established that there is no risk to the public.

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“Thank you for your patience whilst we responded.”

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 1918 of 10/09/2020, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

|Ma Evening Post