THE M56 leading to Manchester Airport has reopened after a police-led incident.

Officers were called to reports of concern for the welfare of a woman at around 2.40am this morning, Monday.

The motorway was shut eastbound between junctions five and six.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said in a statement earlier this morning: “At around 2.40am this morning, Monday July 31, officers were called to reports of concern for welfare of a woman on the M56, near the junction five slip road to Manchester Airport Terminal Two.

“There is a scene in place and this part of the motorway is currently closed whilst officers carry out their response.

“Anyone travelling to Manchester Airport this morning is advised to plan their journey carefully and find an alternative route, avoiding this section of the motorway.”