Increased security at Manchester Christmas Markets following Berlin attack

Police presence has been stepped up as a precautionary measure

Security has been stepped up at Manchester Christmas Markets following the recent Berlin attack.

A lorry ploughed into a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday night, killing 12 people in what is believed to be a ‘suspected terrorist attack’.

The attacker is thought to be an Afghan or Pakistani asylum seeker, and has been arrested.

Greater Manchester Police are stepping up patrols at the City Centre’s Christmas markets following the attack.

There is already a visible police force at the markets, and today police presence will be ‘strengthened’ and visible patrols ‘stepped up’ to help the public feel safer.

Today is the final day of trading for most of the stalls, with stalls in Albert Square due to close tomorrow evening.

Greater Manchester Police have stressed that the extra security is a precautionary measure, and there is no information to suggest any imminent attacks on Manchester.