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.