Dramatic pictures of anti-terror exercise at Trafford Centre

Simulated explosion

Emergency services have been taking part in a major anti-terror exercise overnight at the Trafford Centre.

Armed with machine guns, officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit are testing their response to a potential attack.

Around 800 people will take part in the exercise which continues tonight and ends at a disused community home in Newton le Willows.

Realistic looking 'casulties' add to the drama
The Trafford Centre, the location for the anti-terror exercise
'Armed police' during the exercise

Watch: Video of Trafford Centre anti-terror exercise.