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City Centre Bomb Scare - No Explosive Device Found

Bomb disposal experts carry out controlled explosion of suspicious package found on New York Street

Published on February 8th 2013.

City Centre Bomb Scare - No Explosive Device Found

BOMB disposal experts have carried out a controlled explosion on a suspicious package found on New York Street in Manchester city centre this morning.  

Explosive Ordnance Disposal experts say the package, found near the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly hotel, contained no explosive device.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal experts say the package, found near the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly hotel, contained no explosive device. It was found to contain a laptop and cables.

Police were initially called out to the area at 7.45am. A 100 metre cordon was put in place and a number of roads closed while the incident was dealt with. They have now closed down the cordon.

Superintendent Neil Bhole, said: “This incident has caused significant disruption this morning but we have to put the safety of the public ahead of inconvenience and disruption and we make no apology for the steps taken.

“We have dealt with this as quickly as possible without jeopardising public safety and everything should now be returning to normal.

“We obviously cannot speculate on the motive for the bag being left where it was but will now be carrying out an investigation to try and trace the individual involved.” 

Photo courtesy of @jordz8687

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AnonymousFebruary 8th 2013.

The attitude of the police summed up nicely there. They could have said: "were very sorry for the disruption but it was absolutely necessary to protect the public". ie a response that says were here serving you and doing our best. Instead they chose to say 'there was loads of disruption but were not sorry at all'. ie all a bit self important, and they dont think owe the public a little common courtesy.

Jane NicholsFebruary 8th 2013.

How nice do you want them to be to you for holding you up whilst they stopped a bomb blowing you up.... get over your own self importance here mate, and celebrate the day you now have

G BergFebruary 8th 2013.

so anonymous would you like a bunch of flowers as well? These guys/girls have just risked their lives so you can carry on you sad little life. I worked in St Annes Square when the IRA left a calling card, why don't you check out those pictures before you get on your soapbox!!

Stephanie PerrinFebruary 8th 2013.

I think Anonymous's anger woul dbe better directed at the idiot who left their laptop lying around and causing all the mess in the first place

Chris KellyFebruary 8th 2013.

Anonymous = Halfwit

Do you not understand the concept of root cause?

The police do not need to apologise for doing their job.

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AnonymousFebruary 8th 2013.

Chris Kelly = offensive

AnonymousFebruary 8th 2013.

Just to clarify I think the police did exactly the right thing and I'm not blaming them for anything today.

what I am saying is that at times I get the impression that there is a culture in the police force where the police forget that they are there to serve the public by keeping the queens peace. The service part often seems to get lost in favour of a "were the police your just in our way" aproach to the public. I thought the tone of the police statement and the were not sorry element of it was indicitive of that attitude.

Mike KellyFebruary 8th 2013.

The above picture is of Piccadilly Gardens not New York Street, so where was the device that was blown up and do's it have anything to do with the electrical disturbance that has meant trams not running (much later than the controlled explosion).

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StephFebruary 9th 2013.

The picture is really of Piccadilly Plaza to be honest rather than the gardens.
Yes shame on you Confidential for not sending a snapper straight down to New York Street to get a nice big close-up of the laptop bag.

AnonymousFebruary 9th 2013.

At the back of the Hotel. The car park entrance. MEN has a photo of the robot in action. I was on the streets 9.30 to 10am. In general it was a successful operation but there are aspects which concerned me.

Manchester City Centre is supposed to have an Emergency Plan. I look forward to MCC's Neighborhood Scrutiny Committee receiving a report.

Antonia WrightFebruary 9th 2013.

Get a life anonymous. The police did a great job they don't have to justify their actions. They just get on with it

AnonymousFebruary 11th 2013.

Yes they do. Antonia... Accountability is the name of the day.

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