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Liverpool bomb scare: Man with 'suspect package' detained by police

Police in Liverpool have a detained man, claiming to be in possession of a bomb, after he was seen ‘acting suspiciously’ in a 14-storey office building.

Police closed off a number of streets in the city centre after the man sparked an at the high-rise building.

A fire alarm was triggered by employees at the Silkhouse Court building on Tithebarn Street in the city centre, after which police evacuated it and a number of nearby streets and dispatched a helicopter.

In a statement, Merseyside Police said all employees in the building had been accounted for.

A Merseyside Police spokesperson said: "Merseyside Police can confirm that a man has been detained following an incident at a business premises in Silkhouse Court, Tithebarn Street, Liverpool today, Friday, 8 January.

"He will be taken to a police station on Merseyside where he will be questioned.

"No one has been injured during the incident and the site will remain cordoned off until a search of the premises has been completed.

"Thanks to residents, businesses and motorists for their continued patience."

Local reporters said the unusually large police presence in response to the initial fire alarm had raised concerns among residents.

The police statement said no one had been injured, and described the police cordon around the building as "a safety precaution".

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