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Fire latest:Police issue emergency number for anyone who needs a safe place to go

As seven homes are evacuated in Carrbrook near Stalybridge because of the serious fire on moorland Greater Manchester Police have issued this emergency number via Twitter.

People living near major moorland fire urged to keep windows closed

The fire near Stalybridge has been burning on and off for two days. Credit: Heywood Community Fire Station

Firefighters who have been working to bring a major moorland fire under control in Tameside are warning people to keep their doors and windows shut.

The grass fire between Stalybridge and Dovestones today has "devastated" an area near Buckton Hill.

Crews say they are making good progress to bring the fire under control, but they are concerned about "a significant amount of low lying smoke".

Stalybridge, Carbrook, Greenfield and parts of Saddleworth are affected.

“Due to the weather conditions and there being a lack of wind, the smoke has settled so it is important for residents to keep doors and windows closed where there is any visible smoke.”

Two arrested after armed police called to 'firearms incident'

Police were called to reports of a firearms incident inside a property in Stalybridge. Credit: MEN Media

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences after police swooped on a street in Stalybridge.

A photograph showed the moment armed police descended on Mottram Road on Sunday evening.

Police were called to reports of a firearms incident inside a property at around 6.30pm. The incident in question is understood to have happened around an hour before.

Two men were later detained on suspicion of firearms offences and remain in police custody for questioning.

Officers investigating confirmed that no shots had been fired and that no one was hurt.

A gun or firearm was not recovered at the scene, police said.

“They have been in detained in relation to an alleged incident earlier on"

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