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    Manchester on a knife-edge: Screaming shoppers flee as Arndale shopping centre is evacuated over arrest ‘unconnected’ to concert massacre

    Updated: May 23, 2017 at 8:00 am EST  See Comments

    DailyMail — Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre has been evacuated just hours after a terror atrocity at a concert in the city.

    Dramatic footage shows crowds of people screaming and sprinting from the shopping mall this morning amid fears of a bomb in the food court.

    Witnesses reported hearing a ‘big bang’ at the giant shopping centre while video has emerged of police arresting a man in army fatigues near the scene.

    The circumstances of the arrest are not yet clear but it is not thought to be connected to the evacuation.

    It comes after 22 were killed in a terrorist suicide bomb attack last night, shortly after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

    It is understood that the shopping centre evacuation is not connected to last night’s outrage.

    One woman who was inside reported members of staff running through the foyer screaming at people to evacuate.

    Unconfirmed reports suggest that a suspicious package may have been found in the food court. Armed police have entered the centre, eyewitnesses said, and the entire complex is under lockdown.

    Armed officers are on the scene and a cordon put in place.


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