Tuesday 24 October 2017

Shopping centre in Manchester evacuated, police say incident 'not connected' to Arena attack

People rush out of the Arndale shopping centre as it is evacuated in Manchester REUTERS/Darren Staples
People rush out of the Arndale shopping centre as it is evacuated in Manchester REUTERS/Darren Staples
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The Arndale Shopping Centre in Manchester was evacuated earlier today and is now reopening, Reuters reports.

A heavy armed police presence is currently at the scene but the evacuation is not thought to be related to the attack at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.

Collette Nicholls, a member of staff from Superdrug, told the Manchester Evening News people were "running and screaming".

A large police cordon which had been set up around the centre has now been lifted.

People rush out of the Arndale shopping centre as it is evacuated in Manchester Photo: REUTERS/Darren Staples
People rush out of the Arndale shopping centre as it is evacuated in Manchester Photo: REUTERS/Darren Staples

Witnesses reported people running through nearby streets and shouting "run" after the evacuation was ordered by police.

Police say the incident is unconnected to a suicide bomb terrorist attack which killed 22 people and injured 59 others on Monday night.

The horrific attack happened at the Manchester Arena during a performance by US pop star Ariana Grande.

Police say a 23-year-old has now been arrested in connection with the attack.

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