Hoax bomb scene cut from Ackley Bridge after Manchester attack

Cast of Ackley Bridge. Picture: Channel 4
Cast of Ackley Bridge. Picture: Channel 4

Channel 4's new Halifax-filmed series Ackley Bridge has had a last-minute edit to cut a 'fake bomb hoax' scene from the first episode in light of Monday's terror attack.

The six-part series is set to make its debut next month, but the opening episode features a sequence which sees a troubled student strap a fake bomb to himself on the first day of term at the new Ackley Bridge College.

The show focuses on the merger between a predominantly white and a predominantly Asian school.

In the scene, the boy causes panic when he stands up in assembly, but is seen laughing when the fake device blows confetti everywhere.

The episode is now being re-worked in light of the terror attack at the Manchester Arena, which led to the tragic deaths of 22 people,

A Channel 4 spokesman said: "In light of the tragic events in Manchester, the first episode of forthcoming drama series Ackley Bridge is being re-edited."

It's not known how the scene will be changed, or how it will affect the plot as the series moves forward.