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Police cordon off street in Manchester 'after suspected WW2 bomb found near Lowry Hotel'

Mirror logo Mirror 12/03/2018 Rebecca Day

a close up of a busy city street © Twitter A Manchester street near the prestigious Lowry Hotel has been placed on lockdown after a suspected WW2 bomb was discovered nearby.

People were told told to avoid Chapel Street, in Salford, as pictures shared on social media showed a large police presence in the area.

A 100m cordon was put in place around the street - but the hotel - which is a favourite with Manchester United - has not been evacuated, the Mirror Online can confirm.

a tall building in a city: Credits: Twitter © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Twitter In a statement, Greater Manchester Police have said: "Shortly before 4pm on Monday, March 12, 2018 police were called to report of a suspicious item on a building site by Clowes Street and Chapel Street in Ordsall.

"Bomb disposal experts are making their way to the scene and a 100m cordon has been put in place which includes areas around the Lowry Hotel."

Police in Salford have tweeted: "Please avoid the Chapel Street area of Salford due to an on-going police incident, we will endeavour to keep you updated regarding road closures during the evening."

a large building: Credits: Twitter © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Twitter A witness told the Manchester Evening News: "Police have just come into the building to advise they have found what they think could be a WW2 bomb.

"No evacuation at the moment as they are not 100 per cent sure."

The hotel manager confirmed a road closure is in place around The Lowry, but said guests and staff can come and go as normal.

a large building: Credits: Twitter © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Twitter A spokesman for the Lowry said: “There is a road closed but we are not affected. Police are investigating nearby however it is business as usual for us.

“People can access the hotel on foot from Trinity Bridge.”

The hotel later tweeted: "To all our guests please note that at the moment you will be unable to access the hotel.

We are located inside a 100m police cordon due to a suspected WW2 bomb found nearby. We have not been advised to evacuate the hotel and will update you as soon as we have an update."

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