A suspicious bag left outside a hospital close to Liverpool city centre sparked a police response as officers were called to investigate its contents.

Officers from Merseyside Police were called out to the new, state of the art Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, which opened earlier this year.

A spokesperson for the force told the ECHO that officers were alerted to a piece of luggage left close to the building and that investigations were carried out to determine its contents.

Patients were temporarily prevented from leaving the building, but Merseyside Police stated this was only done as a precaution.

Officers have since been stood down as the bag was determined not to pose any sort of threat to patients or staff.

The new £162 million hospital is located in the Knowledge Quarter, close to the University of Liverpool and new Royal Liverpool Hospital, and is 11 storeys high.

Work on the new hospital began in 2016 and formal construction was underway in 2017, and the new site officially opened on June 27.

The ECHO approached Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in relation to the incident, with officers being stood down by Merseyside Police shortly after 11am.

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