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‘Mistake entirely mine’ – Security firm boss shoulders blame after Manchester United’s Old Trafford bomb scare

16 May

The head of the firm which left a dummy bomb at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium said he took full responsibility for the blunder which led to thousands of people being evacuated from the ground.

Chris Reid, the managing director of Security Search Management & Solutions Ltd, said he shoulders the blame for the fake explosive which sparked Sunday’s security alert and forced the postponement of the club’s Premier League game against Bournemouth.

The dummy bomb, initially described by police as an ‘incredibly lifelike explosive device’, was left behind after a training exercise last week.

Speaking outside his home in Biggin Hill, south-east London, an emotional Reid – a retired Scotland Yard police officer – said: “This mistake is entirely mine.

“I have to take full responsibility for leaving a training item behind on Wednesday.”

Reid said the device had been left on a hook behind a door of a men’s toilet cubicle and ‘was not concealed in any other way’. 

He added: ”I am absolutely devastated that a lapse in my working protocols has resulted in many people being disappointed, frightened and inconvenienced. Nothing I can say will rectify that.”

Security Search Management & Solutions Ltd was hired by Deacons Canines to carry out practical training exercises at the stadium last week. 

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