ALL train lines through Manchester blocked due to protest on tracks

One Twitter user claimed he had seen children and their mothers who were unable to catch a train to the airport in tears on the platform

Images from the huge station showed scores of police trying to hold back protesters at the entrance.

Witnesses described "mums and kids in tears" as dozens of demonstrators jumped from the platforms onto the rails at Manchester Piccadilly, blocking trains and causing huge delays.

"Trains are now able to depart from the station; however, customers are now unable to access the platforms".

Social media users posted pictures from among the crowd saying that the demonstration was in support of Afrin, which Kurds have claimed is being "ethnically cleansed" by the Turkish military.

"The station will remain closed until all protesters have been removed", a statement said.

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

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Officers are on the scene @NetworkRailMAN responding to an ongoing trespass incident.

It resulted in services being halted, affecting commuters in Yorkshire and across the country.

"Those involved in this afternoon's incident will be subject to intense investigation with a view to arrest and prosecution".

The train station was temporarily closed as police stopped protesters from accessing the tracks, British Transport Police said.

National Rail said all lines had been suspended in and out of Piccadilly, the city's main train station, due to the protests.

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