Of­fi­cers rush to street af­ter ‘loud bang’ heard


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By RE­BECCA DAY re­[email protected] @Re­bec­ca­DayMEN

A LARGE-SCALE po­lice op­er­a­tion launched af­ter a ‘loud bang’ was down to a fire­work, the M.E.N. un­der­stands.

A shat­tered door win­dow at a house on Clough­field Av­enue, Ord­sall, Sal­ford, was ex­am­ined by foren­sics of­fi­cers fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent just af­ter mid­night yes­ter­day.

Around four po­lice cars rushed to the scene af­ter peo­ple re­ported hear­ing a ‘loud bang.’ A cor­don was put in place as an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched. The Tac­ti­cal Aid Unit and a Spe­cial­ist Search Unit were also scram­bled to the scene as a fin­ger­tip search be­gan. Robert Hall Street, a res­i­den­tial road nearby, was cor­doned off. Po­lice tape was re­moved at around 3pm. Greater Manch­ester Po­lice have re­leased few de­tails about the in­ci­dent.

A force spokes­woman said the in­ci­dent was not be­lieved to be a shoot­ing, but did not re­veal any more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing how the house is be­lieved to have been dam­aged. The M.E.N. has been told by a po­lice source a fire­work went off. No­body is be­lieved to have been hurt.

No ar­rests have been made. A wit­ness, who asked not to be named, said: “At around mid­night, give or take 30 min­utes, we were at a house party on the es­tate.

“We were smok­ing out back and heard a loud bang.

“Shortly af­ter, we were re­turn­ing home, but Robert Hall Street was blocked from both di­rec­tions with po­lice cars with their lights flash­ing, there were at least four cars.

“It was too dark to see what ac­tiv­ity was tak­ing place.” Another neigh­bour at the scene said he heard a ‘loud bang’ and saw a ‘bright light.’

A GMP spokes­woman said: “Shortly af­ter 12.05am on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 26, po­lice were called to re­ports of a loud noise on Clough­field Av­enue, Sal­ford.

Of­fi­cers at­tended and ini­tial en­quiries in­di­cated that dam­age was caused to a prop­erty.

“There are no re­ported in­juries. “It’s not be­lieved to be a shoot­ing and no ar­rests have been made.” Po­lice con­firmed that en­quiries are on­go­ing.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call po­lice on 101 quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 21 of De­cem­ber 26, or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

It is not be­lieved to be a shoot­ing and no ar­rests have been made

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice spokesper­son

Foren­sics of­fi­cers con­duct a fin­ger­tip search of the area

Dam­age to a prop­erty

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