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University evacuated over fears of an explosive chemical

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University of Manchester buildings have been evacuated following concerns about an explosive chemical.

The emergency services were called to the Pariser Building shortly before 11.30am following concern about how acetone peroxide was being stored.

Staff there reported how the highly explosive chemical had crystalised.

The building on Sackville Street and other nearby university buildings were evacuated.

Sackville Street, Whitworth Street, Princess Street and a slip-road of the Mancunian Way was closed as the police and emergency services cleared the area.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed they received a call shortly before 11.30am following concern about how acetone peroxide was being stored.


Manchester University building evacuated as explosive chemical found

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Police are evacuating a building on Sackville Street after an explosive chemical was found at a University of Manchester Institute of Science and Industry building.

At around 11.30am on Wednesday March 4th 2015 police were called to the Paper Science Building, 79 Sackville Street in the City centre after reports that some Acetone Peroxide had ‘crystallised’ making it potentially explosive.

As a precaution, officers have evacuated the buildings in the immediate vicinity.

Road closures are in place on Sackville Street, Whitworth Street, the slip road to the Mancunian Way and Princess Street.

Motorists and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area.

Nine in 10 want action to protect young from alcohol

Young people need to be protected from alcohol - Drink Wise survey Credit: PA

Nine out of ten people in the North West want the government to do more to protect young people from alcohol that's according to a survey by Drink Wise. The findings will be presented at Downing Street today by the South Manchester Liberal Democrat MP John Leech and Drink Wise director Hazel Parsons.

2550 people across the region were interviewed.

· 89% of respondents said the government needed to do more to protect young people from alcohol

· 88% of respondents said the government needed to restrict alcohol marketing to young people

The research from Drink Wise’s highlights a high level of public concern about the effects of alcohol on children. I call on the government to look again at the effectiveness of their strategies for tackling these problems.

– South Manchester Liberal Democrat MP John Leech MP

Today is all about making it clear to the Government the grave and growing concerns we have about children’s exposure to alcohol, and the fact that these concerns are shared by the vast majority of the people we spoke to in the North West. Our research shows two million children are harmed by someone else’s drinking, and 15 children a day are being hospitalised because of alcohol – hundreds of those as young as 11. It’s time for the government to look again at alcohol, and wake up to the scale of this problem. It urgently needs to look seriously at restricting alcohol marketing – and end the pocket money pricing of alcohol.

– Director of Drink Wise Hazel Parsons


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ITV Granada Correspondent Elaine Willcox has followed this story from the beginning and looks at the findings of the report and how it investigated ''the broken contract'' between a hospital and the people in its care.

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He's angry staff at the hospital failed to speak out after the failures.

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