'Suspicious package' contained laptop and cables

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

Police were called to New York Street at 7.35am to reports of a suspicious package having been left near to the Mecure Manchester Piccadilly hotel.

A 100m cordon was put in place and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) experts attended. EOD officers carried out a controlled explosion and following an examination of the package it was found to contain no explosive device.

“This incident has caused significant disruption this morning but we have to put the safety of the public ahead of inconvenience and disruption and we make no apology for the steps taken.

“We have dealt with this as quickly as possible without jeopardising public safety and everything should now be returning to normal.

“We obviously cannot speculate on the motive for the bag being left where it was but will now be carrying out an investigation to try and trace the individual involved.”

– Superintendent Neil Bhole

The cordon has been reduced and just a small cordon remains in place around the package.

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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.