United fan discovered fake bomb strapped to back of Old Trafford toilet cubicle

first_img Old Trafford was evacuated after a suspect package was discovered in a toilet The fake bomb which led to Manchester United’s match with West Bromwich being abandoned was discovered by a fan, strapped to the back of a toilet cubicle. Further details of Sunday’s events have now emerged, leading to further questions as to how the match was allowed to be called off. The ‘bomb’ was discovered by a supporter using the facilities, a fake device made up of a mobile phone strapped to piping, strapped to the back of the door. It had been placed there during a security training exercise last Wednesday, but was not retrieved and was left inside Old Trafford only to be spotted on the day of the match, according to The Daily Mail. The toilet, in the executive 100 Club in the north west of the stadium, was inspected by United security staff on Sunday morning, but the back of the door was not checked. In a statement, United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: “The contractor had signed the device as having been recovered along with the 13 other devices at the end of the exercise.“Once a live situation was identified, the club and police had no option but to treat the matter as a potential terror threat. We could not have assumed it was a training exercise error. Presented with the same situation in the future, we would take the same action.“The safety of the fans is our No 1 aim at every event we host at Old Trafford. Overall, I’m proud of how our staff responded.” 1last_img

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