Manchester Airport railway station evacuated after ‘suspicious package’ found

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Bomb disposal officers carried out a “controlled explosion” on a “suspicious package” that was found at Manchester Airport transport interchange on Monday morning. Office workers and passengers were evacuated.

Greater Manchester Police say that a man has been detained at the scene with passengers forced to delay their travel plans, as armed police and explosives experts flooded the airport.

A police spokesman confirmed: “Officers are currently responding to reports of a suspicious package at Manchester Airport transport interchange.

“Further enquiries are being carried out and bomb disposal officers are on their way to assist with these enquiries. A man has been detained by police at the scene.”

Coach driver Caroline Watson told the Manchester Evening News that she saw a man running around naked at the airport’s coach station.

“The guy was running around with his arms waving in the air, going up and down. He was running back and forth. He was going in and out of the terminus.

“He had no clothing on whatsoever. It is not what you expect to see at 6.10am on a Monday morning.”

She also claimed that she heard a “controlled explosion” at the airport that was “pretty loud.”

Police later confirmed at around 9.45am BST that a controlled explosion did indeed take place and stated that a cordon would “remain in place as a precautionary measure as enquiries continue.”

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