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UK police commissioner calls for inquiry into fake bomb

  • In this photo taken on Sunday, May 15, 2016, a police bomb squad unit leaves Old Trafford stadium after the final soccer match of the season between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth was abandoned due to a suspect package being found inside the stadium. Greater Manchester’s interim mayor has called for an inquiry into a security alert triggered by a fake bomb left behind at a sports stadium after a training exercise. The discovery of the dummy bomb on Sunday prompted the evacuation of Manchester United’s stadium, Old Trafford. Police say the bomb discovered in a toilet just before kickoff had been left by a private company after a drill using search dogs. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT    -    NO SALES   -   NO ARCHIVES

    In this photo taken on Sunday, May 15, 2016, a police bomb squad unit leaves Old Trafford stadium after the final soccer match of the season between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth was abandoned due to a suspect package being found inside the stadium. Greater Manchester’s interim mayor has called for an inquiry into a security alert triggered by a fake bomb left behind at a sports stadium after a training exercise. The discovery of the dummy bomb on Sunday prompted the evacuation of Manchester United’s stadium, Old Trafford. Police say the bomb discovered in a toilet just before kickoff had been left by a private company after a drill using search dogs. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES  (The Associated Press)

  • Security stewards stand outside Old Trafford stadium after today's final soccer match of the season between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth was abandoned due to a suspect package being found inside the stadium. Sunday May 15, 2016. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

    Security stewards stand outside Old Trafford stadium after today's final soccer match of the season between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth was abandoned due to a suspect package being found inside the stadium. Sunday May 15, 2016. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES  (The Associated Press)

  • Spectators stand outside of Old Trafford stadium after today's final soccer match of the season between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth was abandoned due to a suspect package being found inside the stadium. Sunday May 15, 2016. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

    Spectators stand outside of Old Trafford stadium after today's final soccer match of the season between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth was abandoned due to a suspect package being found inside the stadium. Sunday May 15, 2016. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES  (The Associated Press)

Greater Manchester's mayor has called for an inquiry into a security alert triggered by a fake bomb left behind at a sports stadium after a training exercise.

The discovery of the dummy bomb on Sunday prompted the evacuation of Manchester United's stadium, Old Trafford. Police say the device discovered in a toilet just before kickoff had been left by a private company after a drill using search dogs.

Mayor Tony Lloyd described the incident as a "fiasco" that put people in danger.

Police initially described the device as "incredibly lifelike" and canceled United's match with Bournemouth.

Sunday's evacuation came amid tightened security at Premier League stadiums following last year's Paris attacks that targeted the Stade de France stadium as well as cafes, bars and a concert hall.