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Seven held over Manchester fireworks warehouse raid

Seven men have been arrested after an armed gang burst into a Manchester warehouse, tied up two security guards and stole a large amount of fireworks.

Up to 10 masked men with machetes burst into the premises in Hargreaves Street, Strangeways, at 01:00 BST on Wednesday.

They tied up the guards and spent about an hour removing the fireworks. The guards later freed themselves.

The men in custody are being questioned on suspicion of robbery and handling stolen goods.

'Mental impact'

Four were arrested in Blackfriars, Salford, after abandoning a vehicle nearby. The other three were arrested after fireworks were found at a house in Choral Grove, Lower Broughton.

Police believe the robbers must have loaded the fireworks into a lorry.

Det Sgt Alex Wild, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "They subjected the security guards to an hour-long ordeal in which they didn't know whether they would be harmed or not.

"Thankfully, they were not injured, but that doesn't lessen the impact this crime will have on them mentally."

He added: "Strangeways is a busy part of town, even in the early hours, so I want to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Hargreaves Street area to get in touch."

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