Neigh­bours ‘scared’ as cops swoop on house

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS were left in shock when armed po­lice sur­rounded a semi-de­tached house.

A num­ber of po­lice ve­hi­cles were seen on Wall­bank Drive in Whit­worth, near Rochdale, yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Un­con­firmed re­ports sug­gested some­one was threat­ened with a weapon at one of the addresses.

Pic­tures from the scene showed po­lice, some of them armed, sur­round­ing a house at the end of Wall­bank Drive at its junc­tion with East­gate.

When the M.E.N. went to the scene, the cor­don had been taken down and po­lice had left.

No-one was in the house that had been the fo­cus of po­lice at­ten­tion. A down­stairs win­dow had been smashed.

One res­i­dent, who de­clined to be named, ad­mit­ted the visit of so many armed po­lice had been ‘pretty scary’.

“There were a lot of them. It’s not some­thing you re­ally ex­pect,” she said.

An­other res­i­dent said po­lice made reg­u­lar vis­its to the house and that the cou­ple who live there of­ten ar­gued.

She de­scribed how she saw the woman and her mother leave the prop­erty as po­lice ar­rived.

Of­ficers then searched the prop­erty, she said.

The M.E.N. has asked Lan­cashire Po­lice for a com­ment.

A force spokesman told our col­leagues at Lan­cashire Live: “Po­lice have re­sponded to an in­ci­dent in that area.”

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