BREAKING: Manchester city centre on LOCKDOWN as Piccadilly Gardens evacuated

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.”

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