Heard the one about a cof­fin at a bus stop?...

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THIS was the bizarre sight that greeted com­muters get­ting the bus in Tameside last week.

A cof­fin had been left on a bench at the stop on Stam­ford Street in Moss­ley.

No one ap­pears to know ex­actly when or how it ap­peared.

Pic­tures of the cof­fin be­gan to ap­pear on so­cial me­dia soon as peo­ple go­ing to work spot­ted it and were left un­nerved.

When our sis­ter pa­per the M.E.N. went to in­ves­ti­gate, a woman from a nearby med­i­cal cen­tre bravely opened it. For­tu­nately, it’s empty. But lo­cals were left be­mused. Bobby Wood, 26, ar­rived to get the bus to his job as a fork­lift truck driver.

Sit­ting as far away as pos­si­ble, he said: “I was in shock (when I saw it).

“It’s not ev­ery day you see a cof­fin at a bus stop.

“There was a woman sat there and she moved ●● away when she re­alised what it was.

“It’s a bit freaky – didn’t want to go near it.

“It must be some sort of joke.”

The M.E.N. con­tacted a nearby fu­neral direc­tor and a mem­ber of staff came to ex­am­ine the cof- I fin her­self. It’s def­i­nitely not real, you couldn’t use it,” the staff mem­ber said.

“I would go along with it be­ing a prop that’s been dumped.”

The M.E.N. con­tacted Tameside coun­cil to see if bosses could of­fer any fur­ther ex­pla­na­tion. PO­LICE have con­firmed they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual groom­ing at a shop.

A video relating to the al­leged in­ci­dent in Ash­ton was viewed on so­cial me­dia thou­sands of times.

It is un­der­stood that of­fi­cers did at­tend the premises and af­ter ex­am­in­ing the footage and car­ry­ing out fur­ther in­quiries, GMP have con­firmed that at this time no crim­i­nal of­fences have been com­mit­ted.

In a state­ment, In­spec­tor Lee Der­byshire said the con­cerns had been raised with ‘good in­tent’.

He stressed that the al­le­ga­tions were taken ‘ex­tremely se­ri­ously’ and that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was still on­go­ing.

Insp Der­byshire said: “An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched and re­mains on­go­ing, but at this time no crim­i­nal of­fences have been iden­ti­fied.”

The video has since been re­moved from so­cial me­dia.

The cof­fin at a bus stop in Moss­ley

The cof­fin has be­mused passersby

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