Streets evacuated by police after ammunition is found in Wigan borough home

Police evacuated homes when ammunition was found at a Wigan borough home after a man threatened to kill himself.

Officers descended on Mersey Street in Leigh on the evening of Wednesday September 28 to conduct a search at an address.

This was after the man, who had discharged himself from hospital, made self-harm threats.

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On the discovery of bullets they went round nearby homes in both Mersey Street and Stout Street and asked residents to vacate temporarily.

Mersey Street was evacuated for a period
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Once it was established there was nothing else harmful in the property, householders were allowed back indoors.

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A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “We were called 6.50pm on September 29 to a report of concern for a man who had discharged himself from hospital in Bolton making threats to harm himself.

“He was safely detained by us nearby a short time later and, after further inquiries, we searched an address on Mersey Street in Leigh where we found ammunition.

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“A man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of a firearms offence and is in hospital.”

The spokesman added that the evacuations were carried out as a precaution following the discovery at the house.

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Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police on its Live Chat facility or ring 101. Alternatively phone the freephone Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555111.