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Suspicious object found at tram stop not dangerous

A suspicious object found near a tram stop in Greater Manchester was found not to be dangerous, police have confirmed.


Bomb disposal officers were sent to Freehold Metrolink stop in Oldham to investigate the scare.

But Greater Manchester Police said the object was "found not to be viable", and was not an explosive.

The force declined to say what the object actually was.

Trams between Newton Heath and Moston, and Westwood later resumed as usual.

Bomb squad dealing with suspicious object at tram stop

A suspicious object has been found near a stop on Greater Manchester's tram network, say police.

Freehold tram stop

Bomb disposal officers have been sent to the scene at Freehold Metrolink stop, in Oldham, Greater Manchester Police said.

There are no trams running between Newton Heath and Moston, and Westwood on the Rochdale line of the Metrolink.

Metrolink said customers can use their tickets and passes on the 58, 59, 81, 83, 181, 182 and 184 bus services.

Northern services also now accepting tickets between Rochdale and Victoria.

Severe disruption: A555 Cheshire eastbound

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A555 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, at B5358 Wilmslow Road.

A555 Cheshire - Road closed on A555 Manchester Airport Eastern Link Road eastbound in Handforth at the B5358 Wilmslow Road junction, because of flooding. Traffic is coping well. Diversion in operation - via the exit and entry slip roads.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

In pictures: River Mersey water levels

Nick Saunders has shared these two photographs of the River Mersey before and after the flooding.

Nick Saunders

Fire crews on hand to deliver sandbags

Firefighters are continuing to assist with the flooding relief efforts by helping to deliver sandbags.

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Water being pumped from A555

Water is still being pumped from the A555 Manchester Airport link road after a major incident was declared on Wednesday following the heavy rainfall caused severe flooding.

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Warning of further downpours from noon....

A yellow warning for rain has been put in place by the Met Office for parts of Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Derbyshire from 12:00 to 20:00.

This could impact areas that were flooded yesterday, the Met Office said.

Yellow weather warning
Met Office

Whilst it's by no means a given that the affected areas will catch any fresh downpours, it’s too close to call.

Alan GoodmanMet Office Advisor

Five flood warnings remain in place

The Environment Agency now has five flood warnings in place across Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

Flood warnings

These are for:

  • Poynton Brook at Poynton and Midway
  • Poynton Brook at Wigwam wood and parts of Armcon Business Park
  • River Bollin and Agden Brook at Little Bollington
  • River Bollin at Heatley
  • Timperley Brook at Altrincham

You can see the latest flood warnings here.

North West flooding: Recap of latest developments

Flood sign

If you're just joining us, here's the very latest situation with the flooding:

  • A total of 19mm of rain fell in the region over eight hours on Wednesday - on top of heavy rain earlier this week
  • Firefighters had to rescue people from flooded properties in Cheshire and Greater Manchester
  • Some flood warnings have now been lifted but five remain in place
  • This weekend's Rewind Festival has been cancelled in Cheshire
  • The A555 airport relief road, which flooded for a second time this week, will remain closed today, Manchester Airport has said
  • More rain is forecast for later and could turn thundery

Airport relief road to remain closed

The A555 in Stockport, which flooded for the second time in a week on Wednesday, will remain closed throughout today, according to officials at Manchester Airport.

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Stranded boy, 13, rescued from nature reserve

A 13-year-old boy was dramatically rescued from Happy Valley Nature Reserve in Hazel Grove near Stockport after being stranded by flowing water at about 17:00 BST on Wednesday.

We're told by GMFRS that one of its firefighters "involuntarily entered" the fast-flowing water and had to be rescued by his colleagues.

The rescue involved "acts of bravery" and was "difficult", a spokesperson said.

North West Ambulance Service confirmed two patients had been taken to hospital.

GMFRS reveals details of hugely busy evening in Stockport area

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have had a hugely busy afternoon and evening.

A spokesman said its officers were first at the scene of the floods in the Stockport area from 16:00 BST.

Four men were rescued from flooded firm of funeral directors

Two women and four dogs were rescued from a house

Four men and a woman were helped from a corner shop

Other residents, who chose to stay in their homes, were assisted by firefighters

Railway blocked due to flooding

The railway between Manchester Airport and Wilmslow, Cheshire, is currently blocked due to flooding.

Trains travelling along this route are expected to be disrupted until 8:00 BST.

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Rail disruption continues

Flooding has disrupted all lines between Manchester Airport and Wilmslow, train operator Northern has said.

Disruption is expected until at 08:00.

Weather: Scattered showers later

Largely dry and cloudy this morning followed by a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers this afternoon.

This morning's all-important weather forecast

There's a warning that any showers that develop could be thundery and slow-moving.

The good news is that any lingering sharp showers should clear away through this evening.

After that we're in for a much-needed dry night.