Manchester Crown Court has been evacuated this morning following reports of a bomb threat. The building was closed to members of the public following what police are now calling a "hoax". Greater Manchester Police stated: "Shortly before 9.45am police were called to Crown Square to reports of a bomb threat. Enquiries are ongoing."
Court proceedings were suspended for a time, but people were let back into the building just after 10.20 am. Manchester Evening News reporter Andrew Bardsley said: "Police sources tell me there was a hoax bomb threat called into the court. The building was searched but nothing was found at the threat was not deemed credible. Everyone is making their way back into court."
With the anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing in two weeks' time, thoughts will inevitably turn to the tragic events which claimed 22 innocent lives at a concert largely attended by children.
Manchester Crown Court is no longer on lockdown and, luckily, this appears to be little more than an insensitive prank.