Prison van smashes into Caffè Nero in city centre as two injured

Two people are in hospital after a prison van smashed into a Caffè Nero in the centre of Manchester.

The vehicle crashed into the coffeeshop on Portland Street just before 9am on Tuesday morning.

Police say the driver of the van suffered a "medical episode" leading to the collision.

Dramatic photos show the footpath strewn with shattered glass and the front bumper of the white GEOAmey van crumpled up, with the license plate hanging loose.

A section of the street has been closed while emergency services remain outside the cafe with a police cordon in place.

Bus services are currently being diverted away from the scene.

A statement released by Greater Manchester Police read: "At 8.55am on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, police were called to reports of a collision on Portland Street, Manchester.

"Officers attended and established a prison van had collided with a building.

"Two people have been taken to hospital. It's believed the driver of the van had suffered a medical episode.

"An investigation is underway.

"There was no third party involvement and no arrests have been made."

The crash comes a day after Caffè Nero announced it would be closing all UK branches for the foreseeable future amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The company said all cafes would be closed by the end of Wednesday, but the Portland Street branch looks as though it was closed for business at the time of the accident.

Photos from the scene show the establishment's chairs still stacked on top of one another and no customers or staff can be seen inside.

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