Major disruptions at Manchester Piccadilly train station due protesters on the track

Major disruptions at Manchester Piccadilly train station due protesters on the track
Protesters against Turkish war on Syrian Kurds block the tracks at Manchester Piccadilly station bringing rail services in and out of the terminal to a halt. Pic: Sophy Colbert/PA Wire

Train services at one of the UK's busiest terminals have been ground to a halt by protesters on the track.

A group of activists made their way from the concourse at Manchester Piccadilly onto the tracks at around 1pm on Sunday.

It resulted in services being halted, affecting customers across Britain.

The action, which saw scores of flag-waving protesters make it onto the tracks, is thought to be in opposition to Turkey's war with Syrian Kurds.

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.

"The station has been closed to trains while officers at the scene work to ensure their safe removal and the reopening of the station."

Turkey launched a solo military offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units or YPG two months ago to clear them from Afrin in north-western Syria - something described as ethnic cleansing by those sympathetic to the Kurds.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Nato to come to Turkey's aid, saying its borders are "under threat right now".

A similar protest caused disruption at King's Cross station in London on Sunday afternoon.

- PA

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