Trains evacuated after 'imminent' terror attack threat

POLICE in Munich have warned of a "serious, imminent threat" of terror attack, as the city moves towards its New Year's celebrations.

They are asking people to stay away from the city's main train station and a second train station in the city's Pasing neighborhood.

Munich police say on social media that according to "serious information, there will be an attack tonight".

The police tweeted to say the city's main station and Pasing station had been evacuated, and trains would no longer be stopping there.

They added, in German: "Despite the serious situation we will not let ourselves be taken. A Happy New Year to all! And be careful!"

German broadcaster ARD quoted a Munich police spokesperson saying they had two pieces of information about a possible attack.

Local media reports say the information came from French authorities.

The police Twitter feed advised the public to avoid crowds, public transportation and train stations.

The warning came shortly before the city celebrated the start of the new year.

Cities across Europe have been on a heightened state of alert over the New Year period.

Brussels New Year's Eve fireworks celebrations were cancelled Wednesday, over fears of a terrorist attack.