August 10, 2017 / 9:57 PM / 2 years ago

Young boy killed in car accident in Britain, prompting armed police response

Police attend the scene of a fatal road traffic collision in the carpark of the Ibis Budget Hotel in Salford, Britain, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Yates

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - British armed police rushed to a hotel in the northern English city of Manchester on Thursday after a young boy was killed in a car accident in a car park.

Police said the boy died at the scene after a collision near the Ibis Budget Hotel in the Salford Quays area of the city.

“Officers from the Greater Manchester Police Serious Collision Unit and other emergency services are currently at the scene,” police said.

Armed police attended the incident because they were in the area at the time, they said.

A Reuters photographer at the scene said a police forensics team was inspecting a vehicle in the car park at the back of the hotel.

A manager of the hotel told Reuters that there was no security threat and the incident involved a crash outside.

Earlier, The Sun newspaper said armed officers and around 15 police cars had rushed to the hotel.

Additional reporting by Phil Noble in Manchester, Fanny Potkin and Michael Holden in London; Writing by William Schomberg; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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