‘Training device’ brought to Manchester U . s .-Bournemouth abandonment
MANCHESTER (Uk) – The suspect package that saw Manchester United’s Premier League game with Bournemouth at Old Trafford abandoned on Sunday was basically a dummy device left out carrying out a training exercise held in the ground four days earlier, police announced.
A sniffer dog searches the stands at Old Trafford on May 15, 2016
Inside a development which will prove hugely embarrassing towards the club, Greater Manchester Police confirmed late on Sunday the controlled explosion that required spot to neutralise the unit was transported on a dummy ‘bomb’ left in toilets within the Stretford Finish on Wednesday.
GMP Assistant Chief Constable John O’Hare stated: “Following today’s controlled explosion, we’ve since learned that the product would be a training device which in fact had accidentally been left with a private company carrying out a training exercise involving explosive search dogs.
“Although this item didn’t grow to be a practical explosive, on appearance this product was just as real as might be, and the choice to evacuate the stadium was the best factor to complete, until we’re able to make sure that everyone was away from risk.”
The Premier League confirmed the rescheduled fixture, the clubs’ last of year, will be performed on Tuesday, by having an 8:00pm (1900 GMT) local kick-off time.