Piccadilly Gardens has been sealed off by the police following unconfirmed reports of a ‘suspicious package’.
Twitter users have shared photos from the scene showing a rucksack leaning against a tree and a heavy police presence in area, which is sealed off with police tape.
Manchester Metrolink has halted services operating in Piccadilly due to the “police incident”.
One Twitter user posted: “Big chunk of piccadilly gardens cordoned off for a suspicious package (rucksack on the left)”
GMP have released the following statement: “A cordon is in place in Piccadilly Gardens after reports of a suspicious package were made.
“A man aged 26 has been detained by police and enquiries into the incident are ongoing. Updates will follow.”