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Police statement on WW1 bomb found in West Didsbury

Greater Manchester Police have released a statement after a suspected WW1 shell was found by residents in West Didsbury.

Shortly before 1.15pm on Wednesday 31 October 2012, police were called to Burton Road, West Didsbury, following reports of a WW1 shell being found.

Officers attended and identified the location.

An Explosive Ordinance Disposal team attended and recovered the device.

As a precaution, a cordon was put in place which was lifted by 3.20pm and all those evacuated were allowed to return to their properties.

Suspected bomb found in West Didsbury cellar

Bomb disposal units are at the scene Credit: Elaine Willcox, ITV Granada

A suspected WW1 bomb has been found in a cellar in Manchester.

Our correspondent Elaine Willcox is at the scene and tweeted the above picture. Elaine says: "Several roads have been closed in West Didsbury while bomb disposal experts assess the scene. The foot long device was found in a cellar"