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Manchester Piccadilly station reopens after protest 'on tracks' causes major disruption

Manchester Piccadilly station reopens after protest 'on tracks' causes major disruption

Thousands of passengers faced delays at Manchester Piccadilly as activists held placards and waved flags reading: "Stop Turkey from helping Isis terrorists".

Police have successfully dealt with a large protest outside London Kings Cross station and the station has now been reopened.

Manchester's main railway station has been closed after anti-Turkey protesters climbed on to the tracks leaving airport-bound travellers stranded. They said a normal service was expected to resume after about 3pm.

Superintendent Mark Cleland, from British Transport Police, said officers will use full investigative resources to track down offenders.

The National Rail Twitter account wrote: 'The station has been closed due to a protest gathering.

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Police were called shortly after 1pm and all trains through the station stopped, with knock-on effects nationwide.

Stockport station, the next nearest major station to Manchester, has become very busy with commuters attempting to find an alternative route back to London. More info when we have it.

Services have been suspended at the station as campaigners are blocking the tracks.

The demonstration follows several months of conflict between Kurdish groups and Turkish forces in Afrin, northern Syria. "Our job is to try and help the Kurdish community here as much as we can".


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