Terror arrests in Manchester: Police say items found in car were 'no danger to the public'

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Suspicious items found in a car as two men were arrested over terrorism offences represented no danger to the public, police have said.

Greater Manchester Police said officers were called shortly after 2.30pm on Wednesday to reports of two men acting suspiciously on Chapel Street in Salford.

Police cars on Chapel Street in Salford, as suspicious items found in a car belonging to two men who were arrested over terrorism offences represent no danger to the public, police have said. Photo: Simon Wharton/Twitter/PA Wire

Police cars on Chapel Street in Salford, as suspicious items found in a car belonging to two men who were arrested over terrorism offences represent no danger to the public, police have said. Photo: Simon Wharton/Twitter/PA Wire

A force spokesman said two men were then arrested nearby after a Range Rover was stopped on Deansgate in Manchester city centre.

A precautionary cordon was initially placed around the car after suspicious items were discovered inside and police liaised with bomb disposal officers to identify the items.

At about 7.30pm a police spokesman said: "These items have now been extensively examined by bomb disposal officers and it has been confirmed that they represent no danger to the public.

"As a result the cordon has now been lifted."

The two men remain in custody for questioning on suspicion of commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism and enquiries are continuing, the force said.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 1558 of 30/10/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.