Manchester lockdown: Shops evacuated in Piccadilly Gardens – huge police presence | UK | News
Police were called at 1.15pm this afternoon after a “suspicious item” was found at a bus near Manchester Piccaddilly bus station. Shocking footage from social media shows a group of police officers swarming the streets and roads while attending the scene.
Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: “At around 1.15pm today (Saturday, September 5 2020), police were called to reports that a suspicious item had been found on a bus at Manchester Piccadilly bus station.
“Officers are in attendance and several roads are closed.
“The bus has been evacuated as a precaution and a cordon remains in place.
“Enquiries are ongoing.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 1452 of 05/09/2020, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800555111.
Onlookers quckly shared the scenes on social media.
Rich Jones tweeted: “Incident happening in Piccadilly Gardens.
“Staff evacuated from shops and around the area.”
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Manchester councillor Pat Karney tweeted: “Suspicious package on a bus in Piccadilly.
“Major incident response.”
Other shoppers shared their confusion as the events unfolded.
One user said: “Well I am very very stuck at Piccadilly gardens.
“What on Earth is going on?”
Another added: “Worrying news from Piccadilly Gardens – hopefully it turns out to be nothing.”
Somebody else posted: “Being evacuated from Piccadilly gardens.
“Huge police presence. Bit of panic. Probably sensible to stay out of town.”