Manchester Christmas Market reopens after security alert

Manchester Christmas Markets Image copyright Mark Waugh
Image caption The Christmas Market in Manchester's Albert Square attracts thousands of visitors every year

A Christmas market has reopened following a security alert caused by a man claiming he had left a "package".

Police said they received an abandoned 999 call at 04:50 GMT about the Albert Square market in Manchester.

A later call claimed a "package" had been left at the market, which was then cordoned off as a precaution, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) added.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of malicious communication and remains in custody for questioning.

Ch Supt Wasim Chaudhry said: "Based on the nature of information we received, we conducted a thorough search of the area and found nothing suspicious or a threat to the public.

"I understand people may have been frustrated by the closure but I would like to thank them for their patience.

"We take all incidents such as this extremely seriously and the safety of the community we serve is our priority."

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