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