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Protesters shut Manchester's Piccadilly station

Protesters shut Manchester's Piccadilly station

Passengers leaving or returning to South Yorkshire via Manchester are experiencing extensive delays this afternoon, after protesters climbed onto the train tracks and blocked all rail lines through the station.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: "We were called to Manchester Piccadilly station shortly after 1pm on Sunday March 11 following reports of protesters trespassing on the tracks".

It is understood Kurdish activists are protesting Turkish sales of arms to the terror group.

The group also waving the proscribed PKK symbols closed the three lanes of traffic in front of the station, causing traffic jam at a busy junction.

The National Rail said there was only one exit now functioning at the station as police were addressing the chaos caused by the protesters.

All outbound trains have been disrupted due to track invasion and some services had to be cancelled later.

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The station remained closed for about three hours.

It wrote on Twitter: "Manchester Piccadilly has been been closed until further notice".

Disruption is expected to last until around 4.30pm, National Rail has said.

'Train services running to and from this station may be cancelled, delayed or terminated at and started back from Stockport'.

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