STALYBRDGE town centre found itself at the centre of a bomb alert after police discovered a suspect device in a flat.
Officers were at the address on Market Street on Friday, August 6 carrying out a separate warrant when the discovery was made.
As a result, bomb disposal officers from the Royal Logistic Corps were called out and the sight of their vehicle by the town’s bus station raised several alarms.
A number of surrounding homes were evacuated as the alarm was raised.
Thankfully, though, it was later established there was nothing sinister behind the find.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police told The Correspondent about the incident, which happened in a property close to the branch of Krunchy Fried Chicken: “While carrying a warrant at an address on Market Street, Stalybridge, at about 7am on August 6, officers discovered a possible grenade.
“A number of properties were evacuated and bomb disposal officers attended to make an assessment of the suspicious item.
“The item was not found to be viable.”