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:
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.
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.