BOMB squad officers have descended on Bolton police station after a suspicious item was seized from two men in Bolton in the early hours.

UPDATE: The EOD have made the device safe and the police station is open as normal again

Police say a cordon has been erected around Scholey Street police station, with nearby shops also being cleared as a result.

An investigation is underway and bomb squad officers are in attendance, it has been confirmed.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "Officers on patrol stopped two suspicious males on Blackburn Road in Bolton just after 2.45am this morning.

"A suspicious item was seized and a 50 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making and possessing an explosive substance. He remains in custody at this time.

"The item was seized and taken to Bolton Police Station where EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) are currently in attendance.

"Scholey Street, the police station and nearby shops have been closed as a precaution and enquiries are ongoing."

Police have insisted there are is no "wider threat to the public" and thanked people living nearby for their patience.