Police launched a search for guns and hand grenades on a playing field this week.

Officers were called to the playing fields off Stanhope Road, Salford on the evening of Friday March 22.

This came after reports of “potential firearms and grenades” being stashed there, with some people nearby advised that they may have had to leave their homes.

Speaking on Friday evening, Chief Inspector Jamie Pearson said: "While we have spoken to some residents about the leaving their property, this is purely a precautionary measure, as officers begin to search for what has been reported as weapons within the area.

"I understand that this will cause concern within the community, but there is no specific threat and is related to intelligence gathered.

"Local residents who choose to leave their homes will be supported appropriately, and we are working with partners to ensure this is done swiftly and efficiently.

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"Officers are expected to be in the area for the weekend and will be more than happy to discuss any concerns you may have."

Over the weekend, officers confirmed that the search was stood down after no guns or grenades were found on the playing fields.

Police thanked the people of Stanhope Road and the surrounding area for their patience while they carried out their search.