999 crews called to ‘chemical’ alert on street
Man rushed to hospital over ricin fears:
A RESIDENT told of the moment he heard a desperate mother shout ‘my son’s dying in there’ as the emergency services responded to a ‘chemical’ incident.
A man in his 20s fell ill just before 9am yesterday after consuming an ‘unknown substance’ at a house on Moor Lane in Northern Moor, in Wythenshawe.
It’s thought the man may have consumed castor seeds, which contain traces of the potentially deadly toxin ricin.
He has since been taken to
Wythenshawe hospital for further treatment, and was said to be in a ‘stable’ condition.
It followed a huge response from the emergency services, with police, several fire engines and paramedics in attendance.
Officers could be seen in hazmat suits, taking extra precautions as they were initially unsure if the inci
dent posed any wider threat to the community.
But police have stressed there is no cause for concern for nearby residents.
A cordon was in place on Moor Lane and nearby Sale Road, which has since been lifted, but some properties in the immediate vicinity remained taped off as the investigation continued.
Jim Hutton, who lives near to the property, told the M.E.N: “The lad’s mother came out of the house shouting ‘where the **** are they? My son’s dying in there.’”
Mr Hutton said that she came out of the house twice shouting.
“They were putting their bio suits on at that point, they didn’t know exactly what was happening at first,” he said.
Another resident said he saw firefighters arrive at about 9.30am, quickly followed by about four or five other fire engines.
He came out to see what was going on and was told to ‘get inside.’
Firefighters in hazmat suits then entered the house.
He said paramedics weren’t allowed inside the house until they were all suited up.
The victim was then brought out on a stretcher in a hazmat suit accompanied by two family members, one of whom was very distressed.
The neighbour added: “It’s absolutely crazy. I just hope everyone’s ok.”
GMP said: “Police were called by the ambulance service shortly before 9am this morning (Saturday) to a report of concern for the welfare of a man at a property on Moor Lane, Northern Moor.
“It was established that the man had consumed an at this time unknown substance.
“A man, aged in his 20s, is being treated and remains in a stable condition.
“A scene is in place on Moor Lane, which is currently closed to traffic.
“There is no wider threat to the community.
“Enquiries are ongoing.”
Emergency crews wearing protective clothing at the incident
Moor Lane and nearby Sale Road were cordoned off by police officers
Emergency service workers wearing hazmat suits deal with the ‘chemical’ incident A firefighter cleans his boots at the scene in Wythenshawe yesterday
A forensics officer at the scene yesterday