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By Luke Reddy

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  1. Bomb disposal on site

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    We are beginning to receive some images of a bomb disposal squad arriving at Old Trafford.

    They will sweep the entire stadium, not just the north-west quadrant where a suspicious package was discovered, leading to this game being abandoned.

    Bomb Disposal Old Trafford
  2. Greater Manchester Police statement

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    "Greater Manchester Police is working with staff at Manchester United to investigate a suspicious item that has been found at the Old Trafford stadium. "Assistant Chief Constable John O’Hare said: 'We are doing everything we can to investigate this item as quickly as possible, however our priority is obviously to ensure the safety of everyone in the stadium and surrounding area. As a result, today’s game has been abandoned and a controlled evacuation of the stadium has now taken place. “We are awaiting the imminent arrival of military colleagues to come and support us and establish what exactly we are dealing with. “We don’t make these decisions lightly and we have done this today to ensure the safety of all those attending. I am thankful for everyone’s support and assistance and we will continue to provide updates on this matter as soon as they become available.'"

  3. Premier League statement

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    "The decision to abandon the Manchester United versus AFC Bournemouth match was taken after the police advised of the necessity to deal with a suspect package. 

    "When it comes to matters of security it is obviously right that Manchester United and the Premier League place the safety of supporters and employees foremost.

    "The Premier League will seek to rearrange the fixture as soon as practically possible and will advise fans accordingly.

    "It is always the last resort to abandon one of our fixtures and while we apologise for the inconvenience caused to fans we are sure, in the circumstances, they will appreciate the need to do so."

  4. Moses to go to Wembley

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    An update on the plight of Moses, who I told you a short while ago had flown in from Sierra Leone for his first Manchester United match at Old Trafford. Ian Stirling, of the Manchester United Supporters' Trust, has helped find a positive for the distraught supporter.

  5. Post update

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    I can tell you that broadcasters have been moved into a car park roughly 200 metres from the stadium where staff are furiously trying to set up equipment and make tweaks in order for them to get back on air - or indeed to stay on air.

  6. Sierra Leone to Manchester for nothing

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    This from the vice-chair of the Manchester United Supporters' Trust Ian Stirling. What a frustrating tale.

  7. Post update

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    Coleen Rooney, wife of Manchester United captain Wayne, with some good news.

  8. Man Utd down to seventh

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    As things stand, Manchester United would end the season seventh in the Premier League.

    That would mean they would have to play this fixture as a win could take them up to fifth and into the Europe League.

  9. Army bomb disposal squad called

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    Bomb Disposal vehicle

    Manchester Evening News crime reporter John Scheerhout says he is "told army bomb disposal squad has been scrambled".

    He says the entire ground will need to be searched, not just the north-west quadrant where the suspicious package was found.

    A senior police official has been quoted as saying: “The current threat level of terrorism remains ‘severe’ so we would not take any chances."

  10. Goal at Swansea

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    And - thought it doesn't seem like too big of a deal when news like this breaks - Swansea are level against Manchester City in south Wales.

    Andre Ayew with a deflected free-kick.

    The result there could of course have an impact on whether or not this game at Old Trafford has to be played at some stage.

  11. Post update

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  12. A trending story

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    As you may expect, Twitter is being dominated by this frustrating abandonment at Old Trafford. I'll sift through some of your tweets now.

    Twitter
  13. The latest

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    If you are just joining us, you can catch up on the exact goings on by clicking here and digesting our report in this incident.

    In a nutshell, a suspect package was found inside Old Trafford. This led to two stands being evacuated ahead of a scheduled 15:00 BST kick-off. Since then, the game has been officially abandoned and the remainder of the ground emptied.

    Sniffer dogs have been patrolling the stands but they too have now been taken inside. As far as we know, players are still inside the dressing rooms.

  14. Post update

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    Manchester Evening News' Stuart Mathieson...

  15. When will this be played?

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Old Trafford

    Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward spoke to Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore about the game being called off - but no suggestion as yet as to when the game might be replayed.

  16. Match abandoned

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    Bournemouth fans at Old Trafford made a journey of more than 250 miles this morning. 

    That's a lot of time and a lot of petrol wasted. Still, the diligence of authorities has at least kept them all safe.

    Map of UK
  17. Latest from Manchester United

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  18. Dogs hard at work

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    Dog at Old Trafford

    Our canine friends are hard at work inside the stadium.

    I've seen footage of Michael Carrick on his phone in the tunnel, probably speaking to family to fill them in on the latest.

    Still dogs scurry around this famous ground, it's hard to tell what method is being deployed from the footage we can see. What I do know is that Old Trafford is completely empty in terms of fans. What a sad outcome.

    Dog at Old Trafford
  19. Post update

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins...

  20. 'No alternative'

    Man Utd A-A Bournemouth

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Old Trafford

    There are still thousands of fans inside Old Trafford's East Stand and also in the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand and the announcement has just been made over the PA that this game has been abandoned because of a security alert.

    Bournemouth's fans are not happy and chant "Champions League You're Having A Laugh" - but the authorities really have no alternative in a situation like this.