Suspicious package in Rochdale

A 100metre cordon has been put up around a suspicious package at the Point Retail Park in Rochdale.

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Radioactive canister found

Radioactive canister found

A radio active canister that went missing in Lancashire has been found in Rochdale.

Police cordoned off an area around 'The Point Retail Park' following reports of a suspicious package being found.

The canister has now been assessed and it has been declared safe.

Superintendent Chris Hankinson said: “This has caused some disruption this afternoon but we have to put the safety of the public first.

“Highly trained officers have assessed the canister and there aren’t any leaks or safety concerns.

“Enquiries are on-going to trace anyone involved.”

'Radioactive canister' found in Rochdale

The canister is believed to have been stolen from outside a house in Bacup Credit: Lancashire Police

Police in Rochdale have found what they believe is a canister containing radioactive material.

They think it is the same one that was stolen from a van parked outside a house in Bacup in February.

It was found after an alert at the Point Retail Park in Rochdale.

The canister has now been declared safe and specialists are being brought in to take it away.

Superintendent Chris Hankinson said: “This has caused some disruption this afternoon but we have to put the safety of the public first.

“Highly trained officers have assessed the canister and there aren’t any leaks or safety concerns.

“Enquiries are ongoing to trace anyone involved.”

A 100-metre cordon put up around the canister has now been reduced. A smaller cordon is still in place around it.

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Suspicious package found in Rochdale

A 100-metre cordon has been put up around a suspicious package found in a Rochdale shopping centre.

Police were called to the Point Retail Park in the town centre at about 12.45pm.

Greater Manchester Police say they are working with the fire service to safely recover the item.

As well as the cordon, some traffic is also being diverted in the area.

"We are at the early stages of thisincident and are working closely with the fire service.

"Highly trained officers are currently implementing well-drilled proceduresto safely recover this item."

– Superintendent Chris Hankinson, Greater Manchester Police
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