Bomb disposal unit called as counter terrorism police raid house

manchestereveningnews– A man has been arrested on suspicion of stirring racial hatred after counter terrorism police raided a house in Rochdale.

Bomb disposal teams were called to a property on Hollin Lane in Middleton on Wednesday (25 November) as officers executed a warrant.

A 35-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of using words or behaviour or display of written material intended to stir up racial hatred, contrary to Section 18 Public Order Act.

He remains in custody and is being quizzed by detectives.

A long stretch of Hollin Lane was closed by police throughout Wednesday morning, as officers carried out their enquiries.

While emergency services were pictured parked in a local pub’s car park, the property is not forming part of the investigation.

The incident prompted a large police response, with a tactical aid unit also called to the scene. Fire crews were also present.

A bomb disposal van from the Royal Logistics Corps was called to the scene, but was later stood down as the area was deemed safe.

Tactical Aid officers could be seen searching a property near to the Spar convenience store on Hollin Lane on Wednesday afternoon.

A spokesperson for GMP said: “On Wednesday 25 November 2020, officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North West executed a warrant at a property on Hollin Lane, Middleton.

“A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the using words or behaviour or display of written material – racial hatred, contrary to S18 Public Order Act 1986.

“He remains in police custody for questioning.”

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