Greater Manchester Police have evacuated the markets outside Manchester town hall amid fears of a suspicious package.
Officers have arrested a 19-year-old-man on suspicion of ‘malicious communication’ in connection with the incident in Albert Square. Sniffer dogs were seen searching the stalls this morning with PCSOs guarding every entrance. Uniformed constables have been seen scouring the spaces underneath the wooden huts with torches.
A GMP spokesman has said:
At 4.50am on Friday 27 November 2015, police received an abandoned 999 call regarding the Christmas Markets in Manchester city centre. Later, a man claimed a ‘package’ had been left in the market. A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of malicious communication and remains in custody for questioning. The market has been temporarily cordoned off while officers ensure there is no threat to members of the public.