AN ALLEGED bomb maker remains in hospital where it is expected he will have surgery on his hand.

Martin Middleton, aged 26, is yet to be questioned by police about what happened at an address in Harwood on Sunday.

Police say it will be later this week when officers are able to interview him.

Forty houses had to be evacuated in Lea Gate after a homemade bomb exploded at about 1.20pm.

Police searched two other properties in Tonge Moor as part of the investigation but no explosive items were found.

It is understood Mr Middleton had been making a pipebomb, although it is unclear as to the motive behind it.

Mr Middleton’s injury is described as a “serious hand injury” but it is not life threatening. The Bolton News understands he has lost some of his fingers.

Det Ch Insp Sarah Jackson, said: “We are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to this incident and if anyone has any information that can assist I would urge them to get in touch.”

Mr Middleton has been arrested on suspicion of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or property.