Gun found at restaurant where Coronation Street and Love Island stars were partying

Habbibi Restaurant, Manchester, interior shot, with two seater tables visible on left hand side, booths on right and swinging chair at back amid cream-coloured decor
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A gun was found in a toilet cubicle at a restaurant where Coronation Street and Love Island stars attended an opening night party. Habbibi, in Manchester, opened on Saturday, June 8.

But in the midst of its glitzy celebrations with music and dancers, police were called to the discovery of a gun as well as some suspected drugs at the venue in the Spinningfields area of the city. Habbibi posted on Instagram on Monday, June 10, acknowledging the event and explaining that a member of staff had found the firearm.

Police have not arrested anyone but investigations are ongoing, the Manchester Evening News reports. The restaurant, which doubles up as a shisha bar, has a sister site in Leeds and cost £3m to open.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: "At around 8.45pm on Saturday 8 June 2024, we were called to reports of a firearm being located at a business property on Hardman Boulevard in the city centre.

"Our officers attended and recovered the firearm in question. A quantity of suspected drugs were also seized and sent for testing. The firearm was made safe at the scene and no arrests have been made. Investigations are ongoing."

The owner of Habbibi, Zack Issak, said in a statement issued to the MEN: “We are saddened and shocked to confirm that on the evening of Saturday 8th June, during our Manchester launch event, a member of the Habbibi team discovered a firearm on site.

"As a venue we immediately took all appropriate action, notifying the police and securing the weapon in our safe until officers arrived to safely remove the firearm from the premises. The police were able to confirm that the firearm was not loaded. All of our guests were completely safe and at no stage was there any wider danger. There is an ongoing police investigation so we are limited with the information we can share at this time.

"This is of course not how we wanted to start our journey, to join the vibrant and buoyant hospitality scene in Manchester as a new venue. However we want to reassure all of our guests and the residents of this great city that this is an isolated incident. We will share further information as and when we are able to, and will continue to work closely with the police.

"Whilst we are still in shock at the incident, we would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far and look forward to welcoming you all to join us at Habbibi and to show people how amazing the culinary scene in this great city is!"