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Sunday 25 February 2018

Police say possible suspicious package in Manchester 'deemed safe', after bomb disposal squad deployed to college

An armed police officer stands guard outside Abedi's home
An armed police officer stands guard outside Abedi's home
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Police in Manchester have said a response to call in Hulme related to a possible suspicious package which been deemed safe and a cordon has been removed.

Earlier armed police closed off a number of streets as the bomb disposal unit attended the scene, on Linby Street in the Hulme area of the city.

It is believed the call was related to a college campus located in the area.

Mancunian Way, Linby Street and Jackson Street are all closed in a significant cordon.

The EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) were deployed to the address.

Footage shared by Capital FM, a Liverpool radio station, shows the bomb disposal team arriving in the area.

A Channel 4 reporter tweeting from the scene reported that police were hastily clearing the scene and urging people to 'take cover'.

The incident comes as the UK remains on high alert following this week's suicide bomb attack on the Manchester Arena.

The threat level "will remain at critical and the public should remain vigilant", Prime Minister Theresa May has said.

However it is not clear if this morning's incident is connected to ongoing investigations into the bombing.

At 11.05 am police confirmed the incident is on Linby Street in Hulme.

The Guardian reports that the team were believed to have been deployed to the Castlefield Campus a college which caters for students with "social, emotional and mental health difficulties".

Additional reporting by agencies

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