A man has been charged after a suspect package was left outside a benefits office in Middleton.
William Harkin (born 30/04/1960) of Hopwood Road, Middleton has been charged with bomb hoax, placing an article with intent.
He appeared at Bury magistratesâ€™ court on 17 June 2014 and was remanded in custody. He is due to appear at Manchester Crown Court on 8 July 2014.
Just before 5am on Monday 16 June 2014, police were called to the Benefits Office on Oldham Road, Middleton to reports a suspicious package had been left outside.
Officers attended and a number of cordons were put in place as a precaution while the validity of the package was established. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) was deployed to the scene and assessed the package, it was determined it was not a viable explosive device.
The package was recovered and there was no threat to any members of the public.