Shopping centre in Manchester taped off after ‘explosion’

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A Manchester city centre shopping centre has been evacuated and taped off this afternoon (May 6) after reports of an explosion.

The White City Retail Park in Old Trafford has been partially sealed off, and emergency services are currently believed to be at the scene.

The exact nature of the incident, or seriousness of the incident has not yet been confirmed.

It's not believed to have been an issue with gas supply. A spokesperson for Cadent Gas told reporters: "We have arrived on scene and are checking our assets but there is no suggestion that this is connected to the gas network."

According to the Manchester Evening News several fire crews on scene as well as officers from Greater Manchester Police.

A number of popular retail outlets are situated inside the shopping park including Aldi, Currys, M&S, Nando's, The Gym and Furniture Village.

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