Manchester's Arndale shopping center evacuated hours after concert terrorist attack
Manchester's Arndale shopping centre was quickly evacuated but has now been given the all clear by police. An arrest has reportedly been made.
It was reported that a suspicious bag had been spotted.
Cordon around the Arndale in Manchester now been lifted and shops re-opening. 1 police office says suspicious bag was found but all is safe. pic.twitter.com/szvt7YPdFg— Daniel Hewitt (@DanielHewittITV) May 23, 2017
The evacuation came at a time of high tension only hours after a suicide bomb killed 22 people and wounded around 60, many of them children and young people, at an Ariana Grande concert at the city's Arena venue.
The Arndale centre was bombed by the IRA in 1996 after the Republican terror detonated a 1,500 kilogram device which destroyed several buildings.
Within minutes of the evacuation being reported Manchester Evening News tweeted that the cordon was not connected with the terror attack.
The Arndale evacuation is UNCONNECTED to the Manchester terror attack but there have been other arrests across Manchester.— Manchester News MEN (@MENnewsdesk) May 23, 2017