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Bomb disposal unit carried out a controlled explosion. Manchester United bomb scare was caused by security blunder after dummy device was left in Old Trafford toilet


  • Stands at Old Trafford dramatically evacuated after 'code red' alert because of 'incredibly lifelike explosive device'
  • Mobile phone attached to wiring said to have been discovered in toilets during Manchester United's final-day clash
  • Match was postponed for 45 minutes but staff later abandoned game altogether, sending away thousands of fans
  • Police and sniffer dogs deployed to ground, which has capacity for 76,000, and a controlled explosion carried out
  • Sportsmail understands the scare was caused by a dummy device left in a toilet by mistake after a training exercise
  • Greater Manchester Police assistant chief constable John O'Hare later confirmed Sportsmail's exclusive story 
Manchester United had to abandon Sunday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth because a dummy device was left in the stadium by mistake after a training exercise, Sportsmail has learned.
Old Trafford was evacuated after a mobile phone was found strapped to piping. The match, which was being broadcast on Sky Sports, was postponed before a bomb disposal unit carried out a controlled explosion.
The results of the explosion showed the device was actually a mock-up, described by police as ‘incredibly lifelike’.
In what appears to be a staggering blunder, the ‘bomb’ was left at the stadium in error by an external training company in the days leading up to the game. A training exercise was held at the venue and the device, designed to look authentic, was not returned at its conclusion.
The match will be replayed on Tuesday night. 
Greater Manchester Police assistant chief constable John O'Hare later confirmed Sportsmail's exclusive story.
In a statement he said: 'Following today’s controlled explosion, we have since found out that the item was a training device which had accidentally been left by a private company following a training exercise involving explosive search dogs.
'Whilst this item did not turn out to be a viable explosive, on appearance this device was as real as could be, and the decision to evacuate the stadium was the right thing to do, until we could be sure that people were not at risk.'
One security official, who saw the device, said: ‘It certainly did not look like something you would want to mess with.’
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A bomb disposal vehicle arrives at Old Trafford during the evacuation of the 76,000-seater stadium ahead of the Premier League final-day clash between Manchester United and Bournemouth this afternoon following the discovery of an 'incredibly lifelike explosive device'
A bomb disposal vehicle arrives at Old Trafford during the evacuation of the 76,000-seater stadium ahead of the Premier League final-day clash between Manchester United and Bournemouth this afternoon following the discovery of an 'incredibly lifelike explosive device'
Bomb experts were sent to the Manchester stadium to investigate what is thought to be a suspect mobile phone device and wiring
Bomb experts were sent to the Manchester stadium to investigate what is thought to be a suspect mobile phone device and wiring
The Sky Sports team which was working inside the ground were also told to evacuate and had to broadcast some of the programme outside. The pundits are seen above reporting from outside Old Trafford while the bomb disposal van arrives at the 76,000-seater stadium
The Sky Sports team which was working inside the ground were also told to evacuate and had to broadcast some of the programme outside. The pundits are seen above reporting from outside Old Trafford while the bomb disposal van arrives at the 76,000-seater stadium

GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE CONFIRM OUR EXCLUSIVE STORY

'I am grateful to the Manchester United and Bournemouth supporters for their support and assistance today.
'Following today’s controlled explosion, we have since found out that the item was a training device which had accidentally been left by a private company following a training exercise involving explosive search dogs.
'Whilst this item did not turn out to be a viable explosive, on appearance this device was as real as could be, and the decision to evacuate the stadium was the right thing to do, until we could be sure that people were not at risk.
'Everyone remained calm, followed instructions, and worked with officers and stewards to ensure that a safe evacuation was quickly completed. Those present today were a credit to the football family and their actions should be recognised.
'I would also like to thank all those involved in the operation today for such a professional response, which includes police officers, stewards, MUFC staff, media representatives and commentators and the Bomb Disposal Team.'
Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable John O'Hare 
The Premier League felt abandoning the fixture had been the right course of action after discussions with both clubs and the police.
‘When it comes to matters of security it is obviously right that Manchester United and the Premier League place the safety of supporters and employees foremost,’ the League said in a statement. 
‘It is always the last resort to abandon one of our fixtures and while we apologise for the inconvenience caused to fans we are sure, in the circumstances, they will appreciate the need to do so.’ 
An expected crowd of 76,000 were settling into their seats when a steward spotted the device and raised the alarm. After a police officer trained in recognising suspect packages inspected the find and decided it looked viable, the bomb disposal unit was called for.
Players were kept inside the stadium while fans dispersed as the device, on the opposite side of the ground from the dressing rooms, was not thought to be big enough to threaten their safety even if it was authentic.
Police had told fans to stay away as detectives and sniffer dogs flooded the stadium to carry out their investigations and a warning was broadcast to those inside 30 minutes before kick-off.
Stewards ushered around 20,000 from the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and the Stretford End when the warning was announced.
At about 3.20pm, the remaining fans from all the stands began to filter out of the ground — with the stadium’s PA system informing supporters of the latest information.
The controlled explosion was carried out at around 4.45pm.
Bournemouth flew back to the south coast following the abandonment. Manager Eddie Howe said: ‘The players were doing their warm-up as normal and everything was good. Then, they came in early and we were a little unsure what was happening at that time.
‘Word got back to us that there had been a suspect package spotted and there was going to be a 45-minute delay to the game at that point so we were prepared for that. Very quickly it became apparent the game was not going to take place.
‘There was no way we were going to leave Old Trafford at that time due to the traffic and cordoned-off areas around the ground. United treated us very well. They put us in a nice area and we were able to relax and see what was going to happen next.
‘We decided to come back to Bournemouth because there was no sign of the game being played the next day.’
With tension high, extra measures were introduced. Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness claimed he and Thierry Henry were searched amid heightened security ahead of the evacuation.
A team of sniffer dogs were sent round the stadium hunting for clues that would help detectives in their investigation at the ground
A team of sniffer dogs were sent round the stadium hunting for clues that would help detectives in their investigation at the ground
Sniffer dogs search the West Stand after stands were evacuated before the football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth
Sniffer dogs search the West Stand after stands were evacuated before the football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth
At around 3.20pm the remaining fans from all the stands began to filter out of the ground - with the stadium's PA system informing supporters of the latest information. The final-day Premier League clash has now been postponed until an as yet unconfirmed date
At around 3.20pm the remaining fans from all the stands began to filter out of the ground - with the stadium's PA system informing supporters of the latest information. The final-day Premier League clash has now been postponed until an as yet unconfirmed date
A bag is searched in the stands prior to the match being abandoned at Old Trafford which has a capacity for almost 76,000 people
A bag is searched in the stands prior to the match being abandoned at Old Trafford which has a capacity for almost 76,000 people
Police and sniffer dogs were in the ground after they were told about the package which could be a mobile phone device 
Police and sniffer dogs were in the ground after they were told about the package which could be a mobile phone device 
A suspect package was identified in the north-west corner of the ground, according to reports. Police and sniffer dogs are investigating 
A suspect package was identified in the north-west corner of the ground, according to reports. Police and sniffer dogs are investigating 
Manchester United's official Twitter account confirmed that a suspect package was found and the match was abandoned earlier 
Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a controlled explosion by bomb disposal experts was carried out within the stadium
Manchester United's Twitter account and Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a suspect package was found and a controlled explosion carried out. The match was abandoned before it even started with officials sending tens of thousands of fans home
Manchester United's official Twitter account confirmed an 'incredibly lifelike explosive device' was found and safely detonated by officials
Manchester United's official Twitter account confirmed an 'incredibly lifelike explosive device' was found and safely detonated by officials
Manchester United's official Twitter account confirmed an 'incredibly lifelike explosive device' was found and safely detonated by officials
Manchester United's David De Gea (left) and Ander Herrera (right) leave Old Trafford after the game was abandoned
Manchester United's David De Gea (left) and Ander Herrera (right) leave Old Trafford after the game was abandoned
Police on horseback were drafted in to help control the crowds and were directing people away from the stadium during the evacuation
Police on horseback were drafted in to help control the crowds and were directing people away from the stadium during the evacuation
A police officer directs fans away from the ground
A fan cradles a small child in his arms as he leaves Old Trafford
A fan cradles a small child in his arms (right) while police officers direct tens of thousands of fans away from the ground (left) earlier today
Tens of thousands of fans pile out of Old Trafford this afternoon after the game had to be abandoned due to a suspect package found
Tens of thousands of fans pile out of Old Trafford this afternoon after the game had to be abandoned due to a suspect package found
Old Trafford was evacuated just minutes before kick-off due to a security alert when officials discovered a suspicious package in a toilet
Old Trafford was evacuated just minutes before kick-off due to a security alert when officials discovered a suspicious package in a toilet
A steward evacuates fans from the ground prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford
A steward evacuates fans from the ground prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford
Empty stands at Old Trafford following the evacuation of the 76,000-seater stadium this afternoon due to a 'code red' security warning
Empty stands at Old Trafford following the evacuation of the 76,000-seater stadium this afternoon due to a 'code red' security warning
Fire engines and police officers were scrambled to Old Trafford alongside bomb disposal units after the suspect device was discovered
Fire engines and police officers were scrambled to Old Trafford alongside bomb disposal units after the suspect device was discovered
Dozens of police officers were scrambled to the scene after a 'Code Red' warning was issued following the discovery of a suspect device
Dozens of police officers were scrambled to the scene after a 'Code Red' warning was issued following the discovery of a suspect device
As supporters left the stadium, there was inevitably disappointment that the game did not go ahead.
Sam Stride, a United supporter from Bristol, said: ‘Unbelievable. This is the first time I have been to Old Trafford to see a game. My mate and I have known each other for 63 years and we travelled up from Bristol together.
‘We sat in the Stretford End for about five seconds before they asked us to leave. It’s very disappointing.’
Billy Ifrose, from Cardiff, said: ‘I came on a coach from Cardiff. It is the first time I have been to see Manchester United live. It is a beautiful day and I am a bit sad.’ 
Sports commentator Stan Collymore tweeted about the match and the suspicious package - telling fans that police were dealing with it 
Supporters took to Twitter to describe the scenes inside the Manchester stadium as it was evacuated by officials
Sports commentator Stan Collymore tweeted about the suspicious package while others revealed the 'Code Red' warning has been issued
Fans on Twitter had concerns that a suspect package managed to get into the stadium but were glad that people appeared to be safe 
One fan wished to congratulate staff at Old Trafford who did a 'great job' at the match ensuring supporters were safe as they left 
Fans on Twitter had concerns that a suspect package managed to get into the stadium but were glad that people appeared to be safe 
A sniffer dog takes a rest from searching the stands at Old Trafford following a 'Code Red' security alert prompted by a suspect package
A sniffer dog takes a rest from searching the stands at Old Trafford following a 'Code Red' security alert prompted by a suspect package
Fans await news after being evacuated from Manchester United's ground ahead of kick-off. The Premier League match was later postponed
Fans await news after being evacuated from Manchester United's ground ahead of kick-off. The Premier League match was later postponed
Fans wait outside the ground for the latest news after being told to evacuate due to a security alert. They were later sent home by officials
Fans wait outside the ground for the latest news after being told to evacuate due to a security alert. They were later sent home by officials
Stewards line up outside Old Trafford after the stadium was fully evacuated ahead of kick off following the discovery of a suspect package
Stewards line up outside Old Trafford after the stadium was fully evacuated ahead of kick off following the discovery of a suspect package
The man, known as ‘Moses’, who works in security in the west African country, had been invited by friends at the Manchester United Supporters Trust and some of their members were quick to step in to ease his disappointment.
They have offered to pay for a later return flight home and to fix him up with a ticket for next week’s FA Cup final at Wembley between United and Crystal Palace.
Ian Stirling, vice-chair of MUST, said: ‘A friend of mine worked with Moses in Sierra Leone and he said he should come over some time for a game. The poor lad was distraught — being so close to the ground and not being able to go in, not knowing when he might get this chance again. We’ve agreed to rearrange his flight and sort him out with a ticket for the FA Cup final. A couple of friends will put him up in Manchester as well. He’s still distraught at not getting into Old Trafford — that was his dream — but we’re trying to do the right thing for a friend.’The Premier League game was scheduled to kick-off at 3pm and was pushed back to 3.45pm. The match has now been cancelled 
The Premier League game was scheduled to kick-off at 3pm and was pushed back to 3.45pm. The match has now been cancelled 
Fans streamed to the exits in both the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand the Stretford End on Sunday after officials told them the ground was being evacuated over safety concerns 
Fans streamed to the exits in both the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand the Stretford End on Sunday after officials told them the ground was being evacuated over safety concerns 
Kick-off at Old Trafford was delayed by 45 minutes due to the incident on the final day of the season and has now been cancelled 
Kick-off at Old Trafford was delayed by 45 minutes due to the incident on the final day of the season and has now been cancelled 
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