Piccadilly Gardens cordoned off after reports of suspicious package

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Piccadilly Gardens is on lock down after reports of a suspicious package.

Greater Manchester Police have cordoned off the area as they attend the package.

Photos show the police standing guard around Piccadilly Gardens.

The cordon covers the outside of McDonalds, Piccadilly Gardens, and the area near the tram stop.

A GMP spokesman said:

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.

Police are currently pushing people further back, as sniffer dogs comb the area.

According to reports the suspicious package was a backpack left in Piccadilly Gardens near McDonald's.

Fire engines have now arrived at the scene.

UPDATE: According to the police the 'suspicious package' found in Piccadilly Gardens 'is not believed to be a viable device', although the area still remains cordoned off until their enquiries have been concluded.

This is an ongoing story, more updates when we get them.

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