Rochdale stadium shut down due to ‘tablet with wires sticking out’

Rochdale closed their stadium because of an ’emergency incident’, the League One club have confirmed on Wednesday.

Police closed off roads nearby the Crown Oil Arena and all members of staff have were safely evacuated from the ground.

A statement from Rochdale read: “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 #RAFC.”

A spokesman from Greater Manchester Police then said: “We have been called to a report of a suspect package and we are currently in the process of assessing it.

“As a precaution some residents nearby have been evacuated.”

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Rochdale’s stadium was closes due to a security breach

A bomb disposal lorry was then pictured arriving at the ground, with the images appearing on the website of the Manchester Evening News.

And Several sources have told the Manchester Evening News that the item in question was some form of tablet that had wires sticking out of it.

According to the MEN, the item in question was ‘some form of tablet that had wires sticking out of it.’

This has not been confirmed by Greater Manchester Police, however.

The Dale are currently 18th in League One, having picked up just 10 points from their first 10 games and their latest loss coming against Wycombe Wanderers last weekend.

However, they came agonisingly close to upsetting Manchester United in the Carabao Cup earlier this month.

Brian Barry-Murphy’s side took Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men all the way to penalties but were eventually defeated in the shootout.

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