Arndale centre in Manchester evacuated after incident with large group of youths

A shopping centre in the middle of Manchester was evacuated due to a 'large group of youths causing anti-social behaviour'.

Pictures show dozens of shoppers stood outside the Arndale Centre and reports on social media indicated people were 'running'.

One witness said he saw a 'riot van, four police cars and an ambulance' outside the Arndale.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: "Police are currently dealing with an ongoing incident at the Arndale in Manchester.

"A large group of youths were causing anti-social behaviour towards security staff on the second floor.

"The food court has been cleared and the group are slowly being dispersed out of the main entrance.

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"There is currently a heavy police presence to ensure the safety of other members of the public."

Eyewitness Feroze Bilal told the Manchester Evening News that pepper spray was used by police.

He said: "It was on the top floor of the Arndale near to Next and I saw a group of youths – lads and girls.

"Then some kind of chemical was let off and people started running.

"I could feel it, it was irritating and I was coughing and sneezing.

"People started running, it was quite a panicked situation.

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