AN appeal has been launched after a report was made of a man carrying a bladed article on the Metrolink.

Detectives have released two pictures of a man they want to speak to following an incident which happened on Saturday in Manchester.

At around 12.30pm police received a report of a man acting suspiciously on a Metrolink service at Victoria Station.

The man was also verbally abusive to a woman on the tram.

And he was spotted an hour later in Prestwich with a bladed article.

Greater Manchester Police's Transport Unit is exploring several lines of enquiry and is appealing to the public to contact them with any information they may have about the man pictured so they can discuss these incidents as part of their enquiries.

If you recognise the man contact police on 0161 856 1855 or 101 quoting incident number 1,676 of June 27.

Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

If you see the man you are advised not to approach him but to immediately dial police on 999.