Bomb disposal teams carried out two controlled explosions and one person was arrested after receiving a ‘suspicious package’ at a train station.
Emergency services were called to Darwin railway station on Monday (August 9) at around 3.20pm and trains between Blackburn and trains Bolton Canceled for several hours.
The station was evacuated and closed following the discovery of a ‘suspicious package’.
Officers arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of a public order crime after he disrupted a train. Links Live Reports.
He was later further arrested on suspicion of violating the Terrorism Act in connection with remarks made while boarding the train.
Police say the bomb disposal unit was called to the station and detonated two controlled explosions.
But, officials do not believe the items represent a viable threat.
Remains in police custody for questioning and officers from Counter Terrorism Police North West are currently investigating the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “At around 3.20pm on Monday, August 9, 2021, at Darwin Train Station, officers arrested a man in the 1950s on suspicion of disrupting a public order crime.
“Following the report of suspicious items, our bomb disposal unit arrived at the scene and safely detonated two controlled explosions – however, these items were not considered a viable threat.
“As a result of further questioning, the man was arrested on suspicion of further terrorism offenses while making remarks while boarding the train. He is currently in custody for questioning.
“Counterterrorism Police Northwest officers are currently investigating the full circumstances surrounding the incident but are open-minded about the motives behind it.”
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