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A bus has crashed into a shop in Manchester’s city centre resulting in a “number of casualties”, the ambulance service has confirmed.

Police, fire and ambulance crews are present at the incident in Piccadilly Gardens.

A spokesperson for North West Ambulance Service confirmed there are “a number of casualties”.

Photos from the scene show the pavement cordoned off with the bus’s front end inside a bubble tea shop called T4.

Emergency services at the scene of the crash

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: “At around 1pm today, police were called to reports of a collision involving a bus and a shop in Piccadilly Gardens.

“Police alongside colleagues in the North West Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue have been in attendance.

“There are road closures in the area whilst emergency services remain at the scene dealing with the collision and officers from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are in attendance.

“We would ask members of the public to avoid the area where possible whilst officers establish the full circumstances.”

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said that two fire engines were sent to the incident on Parker Street in Manchester city centre.

“Crews remain in attendance”, it added.

A spokesperson for North West Ambulance Service said it sent “four ambulances, two senior paramedics, a cycle responder, an operations manager and the Hazardous Area Response Team” to the scene.