Police appeal after Asda bomb scare

Police at the Marus Bridge Asda following the bomb scare
Police at the Marus Bridge Asda following the bomb scare
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POLICE are appealing for information after a “suspicious package” was found in a plastic bag on an Asda car park.

At 7.50am on Tuesday July 21, officers were called after the package was found at the supermarket on Worthington Way, Marus Bridge.

When a report of any suspicious device is made, it is essential we ensure the public are safe from harm

Detective Sergeant Steve Daldam

Explosive experts assessed the contents of the bag and it is believed to have been a radio transmitter.

Surrounding roads were closed but were soon reopened. A spokesman for Asda earlier confirmed that they had helped police with their enquiries after the carrier bag was found.

Police are now asking for witnesses to come forward to help find the person responsible for leaving the package.

Detective Sergeant Steve Baldam said: “When a report of any suspicious device is made, it is essential we ensure the public are safe from harm. In this case, a cordon was set up and roads around Asda were closed.

“I understand this would have inconvenienced many people this morning but it was a precaution that had to be made.

“The package has since been examined and is deemed safe. I would ask anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously around Asda or McDonalds to contact police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7216 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.