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Airport suspect bag alert lifted

Bomb disposal experts have declared safe a suspicious package found at an airport.

The departure area of Terminal 1 at Manchester Airport was evacuated as a precaution shortly after 8.30am on Wednesday when security officials became concerned about a laptop bag being carried by a male passenger.

The bag was examined by bomb disposal experts and found to be not a suspicious device. Efforts are now being made to resume normal service at the airport.

Police said a man is being interviewed under a schedule seven port stop, a piece of legislation that allows officers to speak to a person about their travel arrangements without making an arrest, similar to stop and search powers.

Superintendent Phil Davies, Greater Manchester Police commander at the airport, said: "We were alerted to something that appeared to be a suspicious device and as a precaution we evacuated Terminal 1.

"This incident shows that the security measures we have in place are effective and play an important role and when we get a security alert like this we will leave nothing to chance.

"The safety of passengers, staff and airport users is our primary concern."

A Manchester Airport spokesman added: "A suspicious bag was being investigated at the main security search area but we will be looking to return the operation to normal over the next few hours.

"We encourage passengers to contact their airline for the latest information if travelling today."

A "handful of flights" have been delayed, the spokesman said.

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