- Police and the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel are at the scene
- A suspicious package was found on the fifth floor with 80 guests evacuated
- There are road closures and a cordon remains in place as the item is examined
A Manchester city centre hotel has been evacuated after reports of a suspicious package being found.
Police and the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel have been called to the Premier Inn on Victoria Bridge Road, with a cordon in place while they inspect the package.
Police have confirmed a suspect item was found on the fifth floor at 4pm. The hotel then took the decision to evacuate 80 guests and police called in bomb disposal experts.
There are a number of police vehicles in the area of Chapel Street and Deansgate and sirens have been heard across the city centre. Victoria Bridge Road has been closed and police have urged people to avoid the area.
A Manchester city centre hotel has been evacuated after reports of a suspicious package
Police are on the scene after they received reports of a suspicious package at the hotel
Police and Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel have been called to the Premier Inn on Victoria Bridge Road
The cordon is remaining in place while the police and army determine whether the item poses a threat, the Manchester Evening News reports.
The hotel said that staff members ‘have gone to a local hotel to make sure they are comfortable,’ it is reported.
Sophie-May Clarke, a reporter at the scene, said that bomb disposal units had arrived and were currently assessing the situation.
Greater Manchester Police said: ‘Officers are currently attending a report of a suspicious package at the Premier Inn hotel on Victoria Bridge Street in Manchester.
‘EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) are attending and the hotel has been evacuated.
‘Victoria Bridge Street is closed as a result.
‘We would ask that people try to avoid the area and use alternative routes.’