BRITAIN: “TRAINING” BOMB LEFT AT STADIUM
An “urgent” inquiry has been demanded after a dummy bomb used in a security exercise caused a Premier League match at Old Trafford to be postponed.
The game between Manchester United and Bournemouth was called off after the item was discovered close to kick-off.
A controlled explosion was carried out on the device, which police said was accidentally left by a private firm.
Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd called for a full inquiry into the “fiasco”.
He also told BBC Sport that United “need to apologise very, very seriously” to supporters of both clubs who were at Old Trafford.
Bomb disposal experts were called to the 75,000-seat stadium on Sunday after the replica device was found in a toilet.
The Premier League match has been rearranged for Tuesday at 20:00 BST and will be screened live by Sky Sports.
Lloyd called the situation “unacceptable” and demanded an inquiry to discover “how this happened, why it happened and who will be held accountable”.
He added that “this fiasco” had:
- “Caused massive inconvenience to supporters who had come from far and wide to watch the match”;
- “Wasted the time of huge numbers of police officers and the army’s bomb squad”;
- “And unnecessarily put people in danger.”
Security Search Management & Solutions Ltd (SSMS) was the firm hired by Deacons Canines to test its sniffer dogs using fake bombs, the BBC understands.