Manchester Airport evacuated: Police place terminal on lockdown after 'suspicious' item found

Sean Morrison
Manchester Airport: One of the terminals was evacuated (file photo): Greater Manchester Police

Manchester Airport was partially evacuated after a “suspicious package” was found during a security search.

Passengers were held on planes while police placed the area on lockdown to investigate the item in terminal two.

The item, a laptop, was deemed suspicious as the device had more wiring than expected, the Manchester Evening News reported.

A controlled explosion was carried out, police said.

The airport’s operations have since returned to normal after the package was found not to be suspicious.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Shortly before 5.45pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018, police were called to reports of a suspicious item at Terminal 2 of Manchester Airport.

“Officers attended and on examination of the item requested the assistance of the bomb disposal unit.

“A controlled explosion has been carried out as a precaution, and the cordon has been lifted.

“There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances. Enquiries are ongoing.”