Extra security measures are in place for the opening of Manchester's Christmas Markets. Large steel and concrete barriers have been placed around the markets for the first time and armed officers will patrol the area. Millions of people are expected to visit the markets in the city centre over the next six weeks and police say the additional measures are aimed at making them feel as safe as possible.
The new barriers will be placed around Albert Square and firearms officers will patrol the markets there and at other sites across the city. Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council are also working together to install other protective security measures in key areas and have been working closely with the market managers and organisers. City leaders say the city is open for business.