Police confirm package found in Manchester city centre contained no explosive device

POLICE have confirmed that the suspicious package found in Manchester city centre contained no explosive device.

Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on the package and found a laptop and cables inside following an inspection.

Police were called to New York Street at around 7.30am this morning following reports that a suspicious package had been left outside the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly hotel.

A 100m cordon was established in the city centre and bus and tram services were severely affected.

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