Following a report that an army bomb disposal unit had just been deployed to a college in Trafford, Greater Manchester, police have now confirmed that the scare turned out to be a false alarm, and that the incident is thankfully now over.
Earlier today, Manchester police declared that they were dealing with an incident at Linby Street, Hulme, which is close to the city centre. They were responding to calls from an area near a specialist school, which deals with pupils who have “social, emotional and mental health difficulties.”
A helicopter was also seen flying over the Castlefield Campus, after reports of an “explosion in the area.”
According to the Daily Mail, a source near the incident stated that they’d seen a man “pinned to the ground” by officers.
There is no confirmation that the alert was related to this week’s devastating attack at Manchester Arena, which killed 22 people.
Police had shut down roads around the area, but reportedly this has now been lifted.
The alert comes just two days after Theresa May declared the UK to be a “critical” terror level alert, raised from severe. At the time, moving the level up suggested that another attack was “imminent”.
May then warned the public that they should “remain vigilant.”
Since the attack on 22nd May, a further 3,800 military personnel have been sent out onto the streets of the UK, in a bid to deter further attacks.