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Man dives out of window to avoid 'terror attack'

Man dives out of window to avoid 'terror attack' Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

A man broke his arm diving out a coffee shop’s first floor window after mistaking schoolchildren shouting and banging trays for a terror attack.

The man was among many customers thrown into panic at Costa Coffee in Didsbury during the disturbance on Wednesday afternoon.

People sitting on the first floor of the cafe are reported to have ‘freaked out’ when they heard shouting and several ‘gunshot-like’ bangs.

Eye witnesses said the man, believing the premises to be under siege, clambered out of one the front windows head-first before running to a nearby bank to call for help.

Other customers upstairs said they, too, thought they were under attack.

One woman, who asked not to be named, said:

I was sitting having a coffee when there was a really loud shout.

At first I thought it was just someone messing about, but then I heard some massive bangs.

It sounded like shots were being fired. It was not just me who thought that.

Other people were running around trying to get out on to the balcony but the door was locked.

I think that’s why the man went for one of the front windows.

When I looked round I could only see his feet hanging from the window.

He was climbing out head first.

To be honest I wasn’t surprised by his reaction because we all thought an attack was happening.

It sounded like there was a shooting downstairs. I was expecting people wearing balaclavas and carrying guns to come upstairs.

Afterwards one woman said the first thing she thought about was the Paris attacks.

– Witness

It was only when a friend of a customer came upstairs that the group realised it was not an attack or shooting.

It turned out the banging had been caused by a group of young people throwing the trays on the floor.

Someone came up and said it had been a group of students messing about.

– Witness

Police confirmed they had been called to reports of a disturbance at 3.50pm.

A GMP spokesman said a man was taken to hospital with a suspected broken arm via ambulance. There was no further police action.

A group of school children were seen running from Costa around the same time of the incident, a worker at a nearby business said.

Costa Coffee have been approached for a comment.