03:57 GMT28 September 2020
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    Piccadilly Gardens has been evacuated as a large number of police officers are responding to reports of a "suspicious item on a bus".

    UK police have declared that the suspicious package at Manchester Piccadilly bus station is safe and that there is no risk to the public.

    The bomb squad, which promptly arrived at the scene, has left the area and the cordon has been lifted more than two hours after the initial reports of the suspicious package.

    Earlier today, police cordoned off the bus station after reports that a suspicious package had been found on a bus, a statement published on Twitter said.

    The bus has been evacuated and several roads in the area have been closed, according to police.

    The police also called on people working nearby to follow the directions from law enforcement and avoid the area.

    Law enforcement also said that enquiries are ongoing.

    ​Several photos and videos of police at the site have emerged online.

    Transportation in the city has been diverted due to the ongoing police incident, as Piccadilly Gardens and Market Street have been closed.

    According to Manchester Metrolink, all services apart from Ashton to Piccadilly have been operated via Exchange Square.

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