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Rochdale evacuate their staff and close down their stadium

Rochdale had to evacuate their staff and close down their Spotland Stadium due to what the club are calling a police incident.

Police were first called shortly after 3:06pm this afternoon after a ‘suspicious package’ was discovered at the site and the incident was being handled by Greater Manchester Police.

The roads were shut and at around 5:30pm, bomb disposal officers closed the roads around the club.

The League One side said in a statement on their website: “The club can confirm we have had to shut the stadium due to a police incident.

“All of the staff have been safely evacuated and the situation is now in the hands of Greater Manchester Police.”

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Nearby Supertots Day Nursery contacted parents asking them to pick their children up ‘as soon as possible’ after a suspicious package was found at the ground.

A post on Facebook read: “Unfortunately there has been a suspicious package found at Rochdale Football ground. The police are now closing the roads surrounding the area. Please can you arrange to have your child picked up as soon as possible.”

Just after 4.30pm, it posted to say police had closed the main entrance to the nursery.

“We have now been informed that the roads surrounding the nursery are closing with immediate effect.

“Please could you arrange for your children to be picked up as soon as possible from the front door on the main road.

“Our main entrance has now been closed off.”

As of 7:30pm, the roads were reopened and cordons have been lifted.

The evacuation was due to the discovery of a ‘tablet with wires sticking out’, the Manchester Evening News understands. However GMP are yet to confirmed this.

A specialist robot was also sent into the ground to examine the package.


Fans took to Twitter to give their reaction with the majority wishing everyone to stay safe, others cracked a joke or two – see those tweets on the next page.


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