Piccadilly Gardens evacuated after reports of suspicious package

Police have cordoned off a large area of Piccadilly Gardens and evacuated a number of neighbouring buildings after a suspicious package was found.

The suspicious package – understood to be a backpack – was left leant against a tree opposite a McDonalds in Piccadilly Gardens.

A GMP spokesperson said within a statement: “A cordon is in place in Piccadilly Gardens after reports of a suspicious package were made.

“A man aged 26 has been detained by police and enquiries into the incident are ongoing.”

Tram and bus services running through Piccadilly Gardens have been suspended, and police are advising members of the public to avoid the area.U

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