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'Bomb scare' in Manchester

Police are closing down a cordon in the city centre following a controlled explosion on a suspicious package, which contained a laptop and cables.

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Cordon in place as bomb disposal experts investigate 'suspicious package' found in Manchester city centre

A cordon has been put in place in the city centre after police received reports of a suspicious package.

Police were called to New York Street at 7.35am this morning after reports of a suspicious package near to the Mecure Manchester Piccadilly hotel.

A cordon has been put in place and a number of roads are shut while the incident is dealt with.

The incident is likely to disrupt some bus and tram journeys and motorists and commuters are advised to avoid the area.

A 100 metre cordon has been put in place and bomb disposal experts are en route.

“I appreciate that this incident is causing significant disruption to commuters and businesses but the safety and welfare of the public is our top priority.

“We are investigating a suspicious package and at this stage we don’t know the extent of this.

“We make no apologies for the steps taken to ensure a safe resolution to this incident and we are working as quickly as possible.

“I would urge the public to bear with us while we deal with this incident.”

– Superintendent Neil Bhole

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