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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Sniffer dog called to Harry Maguire’s home after bomb threat

The Manchester United captain, 29, was sent a warning via email on Wednesday, the day United were heavily criticized for their performance in a 4-0 loss to rivals Liverpool.

A Cheshire Police sleuth is sent to her £4 million mansion in Wilmslow, south of Manchester, where the defender lives with fiancé Fern Hawkins and their two daughters.

Police said a specially trained dog quickly searched the player’s gardens and the area around the property.

The force said officials were contacted about the bomb threat on Wednesday, but confirmed there had been no evacuation.

The presence of the bomb sniffer was merely a “precautionary measure”.

A Maguire spokesman said: “Over the past 24 hours, Harry has received a serious threat to his family home.

“They have informed the police, who are now looking into the matter.

“The safety of his family and those around him is clearly Harry’s number one priority.

“He will continue to prepare as usual this weekend and we will not comment on any further details at this time.”

The United captain, a £80million signing from Leicester City in 2019, has been drawn to criticism during the team’s recent poor form. In a statement, Cheshire Police said: “On Wednesday, 20 April, Cheshire Police were called to a report of a bomb threat to an address in the Wilmslow area.”

“There was no evacuation, but as a precaution a police explosive dog has joined the address to search the gardens and surrounding area this afternoon, Thursday, April 21.”

Yesterday, England international Maguire was told to focus on Saturday’s crucial lunchtime fixture at Arsenal. United are battling for a place in the top four of the Premier League for a place in the Champions League.

The horrific incident occurred when United announced that they had agreed with Ajax manager Erik ten Haag to be their new boss over the summer.

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