MANCHESTER city centre is on lockdown as a suspicious package was spotted in Piccadilly Gardens.
Police are standing guard around the area with a huge cordon.
Photos show police tape outside McDonald’s, Piccadilly Gardens, and around the tram station.
A Greater Manchester Police 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.”
Many people are tweeting from the scene.
One said: “The police are currently taping off a huge area of Piccadilly Gardens, including the tram lines.”
Another said: “Evacuation at Piccadilly Gardens currently underway.”
One more added: “Big chunk of Piccadilly Gardens cordoned off.”
This is a breaking news story, more to follow…