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Old Trafford latest: "Lifelike explosive" deemed not viable

The stadium was evacuated moments before the match was due to start. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Greater Manchester Police says a controlled device was earlier carried out on an "incredibly lifelike explosive" that was discovered in the stadium at Old Trafford.

Officers say a full assessment of the suspicious object found that the device was not viable.

A full search of the stadium is now under way.

Officers with sniffer dogs are searching the stands after a controlled explosion was carried out. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images


Police investigating suspicious item at Old Trafford

Fans were evacuated after a 'code red' announcement before the match was officially called off. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Greater Manchester Police says it is working with staff at Manchester United to investigate a suspicious object that was found in the stands at Old Trafford.

The club's final match of the season was called off this afternoon after the item was discovered in the stadium.

We are doing everything we can to investigate this item as quickly as possible, however our priority is obviously to ensure the safety of everyone in the stadium and surrounding area. As a result, today’s game has been abandoned and a controlled evacuation of the stadium has now taken place.

We are awaiting the imminent arrival of military colleagues to come and support us and establish what exactly we are dealing with.

We don’t make these decisions lightly and we have done this today to ensure the safety of all those attending. I am thankful for everyone’s support and assistance and we will continue to provide updates on this matter as soon as they become available.

– Assistant Chief Constable John O’Hare, GMP

Manchester United v Bournemouth abandoned amid security fears

Fans were evacuated from the stadium after a 'code red' announcement. Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

Manchester United's final game of the season against Bournemouth has been abandoned after a suspect package was found in the stands at Old Trafford.

Fans were evacuated from the north and west stands before the match was officially called off.


Beyonce confirms Manchester date on her world tour

Beyonce will perform at Emirates Old Trafford in July Credit: PA

Beyonce is going on a world tour and is stopping off in Manchester.

The American star, who performed at the Super Bowl, will kick off the European leg of the tour in Sunderland's Stadium of Light on June 28 and will come to Manchester's Emirates Old Trafford on July 5.

The 34-year-old surprised fans by releasing new single Formation on Saturday on Tidal, the streaming service she co-owns with husband Jay Z, among others.

Normally, a subscription to the service is required but the track was made available to download for free.

Beyonce appeared at the Super Bowl with a team of dancers to perform Formation for the first time, and narrowly avoided falling during her lively dance routine.

She visibly lost her balance but composed herself in time to continue with the performance without missing a beat.

An advert for the tour appeared on American TV seconds after her performance with Coldplay and Bruno Mars finished.

The tour is expected to support Beyonce's upcoming sixth studio album, the follow-up to her 2013 self-titled surprise release.

The music superstar, who is known for hits such as Crazy In Love and Halo, will take to the stage for the tour's debut show on April 27 in Miami.

Tickets go on sale next week.

Stabbed Pc "thought he was going to die"

Pc Adnan Ali and Pc Peter Goulding. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A police officer says he feared he was going to die when a knife-wielding thug stabbed him in the head in a frenzied murder bid.

Pc Adnan Ali, 28, was responding to a ‘routine call’ in Old Trafford when the attack happened.

Police had been called to Stamford Street following a complaint that Dawan Ismail had assaulted a male neighbour.

But when they went to Ismail’s flat, the 32-year-old went berserk with a knife, hacking at Pc Ali’s head and knifing his colleague Pc Peter Goulding in the shoulder while shrieking ‘Allahhu Akbar’ - Arabic for ‘God is the Greatest’.

Ismail was today sentenced to an indefinite hospital order by a court which heard he has significant mental health problems.

He was found guilty of attempted murder, causing GBH with intent and assault in a trial earlier this year, following the attacks on April 30 last year.

It was a routine call-out. We were not expecting any danger, but events escalated quickly.

"Ismail went from being the most calm and cooperative of people to attacking us with that knife. "I was stabbed in the top of my head, cut to my temple, and cut to the side of my neck. I thought I wasn’t going to come out alive.”

– Pc Adnan Ali, Greater Manchester Police
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