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Live Updates: More People Arrested In Connection With Manchester Attack Are Released Without Charge

Twenty-two people were killed when a lone suicide bomber detonated a device in the foyer of Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert in May.

What We Know So Far:

  • 22 people were killed in a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on Monday, 22 May.
  • Police said suspected suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, detonated an improvised explosive device in the foyer of Manchester Arena at 10.30pm on 22 May, just as Grande was finishing her set. This is what we know about Abedi so far.
  • Nearly two dozen people have been detained in connection with the investigation, including one of Abedi's brothers. All but three have been released without charge.
  • Police have said it had "become clear" Abedi was "part of a network we are investigating."
  • Britain's MI5 intelligence agency has launched an inquiry after it emerged several warnings from the public about Abedi had been missed.
  • All of the 22 victims have been publicly identified. The youngest was an 8-year-old girl.
  • For everything we know about the ongoing investigation, go here.

Map of raids and arrests around Manchester (tap the dots for more information)

There were arrests in Wigan, Nuneaton in the West Midlands, Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex, and at Heathrow Airport, plus searches in Bury, St. Helens, and Chester – zoom out to see details on them. All those arrested have now been released without charge.


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Two more people released without charge in bombing investigation

Two more men arrested as part of the investigation into the Manchester suicide bombing attack have been released, police announced Friday.

The men, one arrested 2 June, the other on 3 June on Cheetham Hill Road, were released without charge, Greater Manchester police said.

So far, of the 21 people arrested, 18 have been released and three men remain in custody for questioning.

—Jason Wells

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More people arrested in connection with bombing investigation are released

Police on Thursday announced the release of more people who were arrested as part of the investigation into the Manchester suicide bombing attack.

They included a 31-year-old man who turned himself in on 7 June and a 20-year-old man who was arrested a day earlier in Harpurphey. A 44-year-old man arrested on 26 May was also released without charge, police said.

In total, 21 people have been arrested in connection with the bombing investigation. Of those, six men remain in custody for questioning.

—Jason Wells

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A 20-year-old man has turned himself into police and was arrested on suspicion of terrorism

Latest update on the Arena attack

A 20-year-old man turned himself in to authorities in connection with the Manchester attack, police said on Wednesday night.

The man showed up at the North Manchester police station and was arrested on suspicion of offenses agains the Terrorism Act.

He was the 21st person arrested in connection with the attack. Twelve people have been released without charges, and nine remain in custody.

— Claudia Koerner

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This is where the investigation in the Manchester bomber is at

It's been 17 days since Salman Abedi attacked the Manchester Arena, and as yet nobody else has been charged in connection with the bombing.

Police are still working hard to gather evidence, and seven men remain in custody for questioning.

With just 14 days to charge suspects arrested under the Terrorism Act, police will be eager to close the net as quickly as possible. This is what we know about the investigation so far:

Most of the people arrested have since been released without charge. 19 people in total have been arrested in connection with the investigation, of which twelve have since been released without charge.

But police have just made another arrest, detaining a 38-year-old man at London's Heathrow Airport, on suspicion of offences contrary to the Terrorism Act. He remains in custody.

Officers are still trying to work out who was helping Abedi, appeal to the public for information, and have released CCTV images of Abedi taken on the night of the attack, and separate footage gathered of him in the days leading up to the bombing.

But they have found the car he was using, as well as "significant forensic evidence" inside the vehicle.

Police have finished searching some of the properties, at a dozen locations across the UK.

Many of Abedi's victims are still in hospital. On Friday, the inquests into the deaths of 22 people killed by Abedi will open, presided over by Senior Coroner for the City of Manchester, Mr Nigel Meadows. He is expected to adjourn the inquests until police have completed their investigations.

An inquest into Abedi's death will be held separately, and the details have yet to be confirmed.

You can read a more in-depth examination of the investigation so far here.

– Hannah Al-Othman & Rose Troup Buchanan

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22-year-old man released from custody, police confirm

A 22-year-old man arrested in connection with the Manchester Arena attack has been released from custody.

He was arrested on 27 May 2017 in Cheetham Hill, Manchester.

As it stands, 18 people have been arrested in connection with the investigation, of which twelve people have been released without charge.

A total of six men remain in custody for questioning.

–Hannah Al-Othman

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Man arrested at Heathrow Airport in connection with the Manchester attack

Authorities arrested another man Tuesday in connection with the Manchester Arena attack. According to Greater Manchester Police, the 38-year-old man was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport on terrorism charges. Police say the arrest was planned beforehand, and was carried out without any threat to the airport.

It is the 19th arrest made in connection with the Manchester bombing, which left 22 people and more than 100 more injured. A total of seven men remain in custody, and 12 have since been released without charge.

Police have not released additional details about the identity of the man arrested Tuesday.

—Grace Wyler

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Police seek information about car suicide bomber Salman Abedi used prior to attack

Image update relating to previous post.

British police are seeking the public's help in gathering more information about the small white car Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi used prior to the attack.

In a statement on Tuesday, police said they had seized a white "old-style" Nissan Micra with an "R" registration plate from Devell House in Rusholme, Manchester, on Friday. A forensic examination uncovered a "significant amount of evidence inside," Greater Manchester Police said.

According to police, Abedi made repeated trips to the car between 18 and 22 May to retrieve items to make his bomb.

"Abedi left the country on 15 April and it is vital that we understand what happened to this car during these few days between 13 and 15 April," police said.

If anyone saw that car, or any occupants in the car, police urged witnesses to call.

—Jason Wells

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More people arrested in Manchester bomb attack are released, police say

Two men aged 20 and 22 who were arrested in Cheetham Hill as part of the investigation into the Manchester bombing attack have been released, police said on Tuesday.

So far, 18 people had been arrested as part of the investigation into the suicide bombing that killed 22 people and injured dozens more. Of those, only six men remain in custody for questioning, Greater Manchester Police said.

—Jason Wells

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Brother of Manchester bomber is released, 10 remain in custody

Police released the brother of the Manchester bomber on Monday without charge.

Ismail Abedi was arrested May 23, the day after the bombing, in Whalley Range, Manchester, police said.

His brother, Salman Abedi, detonated the homemade bomb at the arena that killed 22 people and injured dozens more after an Ariana Grande concert.

Police have arrested 18 people as part of the investigation, eight of whom have been released without charge. Ten remain in custody for questioning, according to a police statement.

Brianna Sacks

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New arrest made by police in Manchester

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of offences contrary to the Terrorism Act by police investigating the Manchester bombing.

In a statement police said he was arrested in the Rusholme area of the city last night, which was where police evacuated an area around a car that was later seized.

Seventeen people have now been arrested in connection with the attack, with six released without charge, and 11 men still in custody.

–Matthew Champion

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Family pay tribute to 15-year-old bomb victim

The family Olivia Campbell, 15, from Bury, who died in the bomb attack have paid tribute to her and pledged to establish a trust in her name to allow young people to take part in the performing arts.

"Olivia was a much loved member of our large, close family," her family said in a statement.

"She was adored by her parents Andrew and Sharon and grandparents Sharon and Steve, all of whom spent Monday night and all day Tuesday desperately searching for her.

"She has beautiful sisters, Catriona, Seana and Chloe and a Great-grandma, Joan.

"She has so many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and second cousins, it is difficult to keep count.

"Our memories are of happy times, of fun at family gatherings.

"The ones suffering most are the young people in our family. Their world has changed forever. Suddenly it is not so full of joy and possibility.

"With our love and care they will heal, so please don't hate in Olivia's name, we choose to love."

Read about all the victims of the attack here.

-- Patrick Smith

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Police evacuate area as officers investigate "significant" car finding

Police have put a cordon all around Oxney Road Banff Road, Rusholme Place

Police have evacuated a 100-metre area surrounding a car parked in a south Manchester street they believe could play a significant role in understanding the final movements of suicide bomber Salman Abedi.

The car is parked outside Devell House, on the corner of Oxney Road and Rusholme Place, in Rusholme, and just metres away from near Banff Road, where bomb disposal experts were seen on Wednesday. Abedi is thought to have stayed in a house in Banff Road, where three Malaysian students live.

Detective chief superintendent Russ Jackson said: "This is potentially a significant development in the investigation. The car is a white Nissan Micra that has been located at Devell Court, not far from Banff Road.

"We are very interested in anything people can tell us about the movements of this car, and who was in it, over the past months. We are also interested in any information about who may have had access to the car or who may have gone to and from it.

"We are really grateful for the public's continued help in what is a very fast moving investigation and again we appeal for the public to contact us with any information, however small you believe it may be, about Abedi's movements."

-- Patrick Smith

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Police release new images of Manchester bomber

Pictures of suicide bomber Salman Abedi walking the streets of Manchester in the days leading up to the concert terror attack have been released by police.

Officers are desperately trying to piece together Abedi's movements in the days prior to the attack as they work to build up a picture of the terrorist and establish whether he was acting alone.

Police have revealed that Abedi left the UK for Libya, where his parents are, on 15 April, returning just over a month later, on 18 May.

Just five days later, he carried out the deadly attack, killing 22 people outside an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena and injuring dozens more, authorities say.

Read more here.

—Hannah Al-Othman

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Bomb disposal team sent to south Manchester address

Bomb disposal arrives Banff Road, Manchester. This is area Salman Abedi reportedly seen with blue suitcase ahead of… https://t.co/je2qIMOuig

Bomb disposal experts were sent to an address in south Manchester on Wednesday as searches continued as part of the vast investigation into the Manchester Arena attack.

A Royal Logistic Corps bomb disposal van was seen driving into Banff Road in the busy suburb of Rusholme. It is thought that Banff Road contains the home of three Malaysian students who were arrested as part of the investigation earlier this week but then released without charge.

The site is close to Wilmslow Road, where police say Salman Abedi was spotted several times in the days leading up to the bombing, carrying a blue suitcase which is yet to be recovered.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: "We are currently searching a property on Banff Road in Rusholme in relation to last Monday's attack at Manchester Arena. There is a cordon in place. Please avoid the area."

Patrick Smith

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The Manchester terror attack investigation is narrowing its focus to the bomber's last movements

The hunt for clues to understand how and why a terrorist murdered 22 adults and children in the Manchester Arena suicide bomb attack last week has narrowed down to his movements in the days before the attack.

Police are urgently poring over CCTV footage of Salman Abedi in the week leading up to the attack on 22 May, as they continue to establish whether he was part of a wider terror network.

They have seized almost 300 digital devices, including phones, and have made more than 7,000 lines of enquiry since the attack. And detectives now believe that in the four days between arriving from Libya and carrying out the attack Abedi bought the bomb's components himself and was, for at least the most part, acting alone.

But 11 of the 16 people arrested since the attack remain in custody on suspicion of terror offences and are still being questioned.

Read more about the latest on the investigation here.

— Patrick Smith

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A police leader quit after being banned from making "reassuring" media appearances after the Manchester attack

The head of one of the UK's most influential policing bodies has resigned after a row with senior colleagues over his media appearances in the wake of the Manchester terror attack.

Nazir Afzal OBE announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he has resigned as CEO of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), an umbrella group that supports the UK's 40 independent elected police and crime commissioners (PCCs).

He added on Wednesday that he was banned from doing media appearances at a time when he felt the public needed reassuring.

Read more about Afzal's resignation here

— Patrick Smith

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These are some of the 50 people still being treated in hospital after the Manchester Arena attack

In the immediate aftermath of the attack, 116 people required hospital treatment but more than half of these have been discharged. For many of those still in hospital recovery could take years. Read more about some of the people still receiving hospital treatment following the Manchester attack here. — Emily Dugan

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Police release three men without charge

Authorities have released three men arrested in connection with last week's concert attack, Greater Manchester Police announced late Tuesday.

Those released included two men, aged 20 and 24, from the Fallowfield area, and a 37-year-old man from the Blackley area, according to a statement from Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson, the head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

A total of 16 people have been arrested in connection with the terror probe. Five people of those detained have now been released, while 11 remain in custody.

"The release of some people can be expected in investigations of this nature as we corroborate accounts that have been provided," Jackson said. "There has been huge progress made over the week and the speed of the inquiry remains the same. It will be a long investigation and it will take considerable time before we fully understand what has happened."

More than 1,000 officers have been involved in the investigation, while over 300 digital items, such as phones, have been collected, police said.

Jackson said authorities now have "a good understanding of the likely components parts of the bomb" that killed 22 people.

"Our enquiries show [Salman Abedi] himself made most of the purchases of the core components and what is becoming apparent is that many of his movements and actions have been carried out alone during the four days from him landing in the country and committing this awful attack," Jackson said.

"It is vital that we make sure that he is not part of a wider network and we cannot rule this out yet. There remain a number of things that concern us about his behaviour prior to the attack and those of his associates which we need to get to the bottom of," he added.

Authorities are continuing to investigate why Abedi repeatedly returned to the Wilmslow Road area and are continuing to search for the blue suitcase he used to make the trips.

—David Mack

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Ariana Grande will return to Manchester to headline a star-studded benefit concert on Sunday

Ariana Grande will return to Manchester this weekend to perform a benefit concert in the city's Old Trafford cricket ground.

Big names including Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That and Niall Horan will join Ariana Grande on the star-studded "One Love Manchester" lineup.

All proceeds from Sunday's concert will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which was set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross.

The fund will support those who have been injured or bereaved by the attack and has already raised in excess off £6 million.

Read more here.

— Hannah al-Othman

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Bomb disposal squad arrive at property in Wigan

Bomb squad arriving in Wigan just moments ago

An area of Wigan has been cordoned off this afternoon as police continue their investigation into the terror network behind last week's Manchester Arena attack.

The cordon is in place around Springfield Street, and appears to centre around the same property that police were searching last week.

Roads in the area have been closed and residents have once again been asked to leave their homes, as a bomb disposal squad is on the scene.

The property was first searched on Thursday last week, when a huge cordon was put in place and neighbouring homes were evacuated.

The news of the latest incident came as it was revealed that the location targeted by police in Chester over the weekend was university accommodation.

The raid was linked to the ongoing investigation being carried out by Greater Manchester Police.

Eyewitness Sharmine Miah told BuzzFeed News: "I left the library at Chester University at around 4.20am, I have to walk through the city centre to get home – upon passing Tesco in Delamere Street at around 4.25-4.30 I spotted two police vans outside Sumner House student accommodation.

"In light of the Manchester bombing I immediately suspected that this was potentially in connection with the incident especially because a blue van, unmarked but had a CCTV logo on the rear, was next to the marked police van."

"The scene itself was calm, there was two police men outside looking at the Sumner House building and I think they had got into the entrance of the building."

The University of Chester is making no comment but referred all enquiries to Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

— Hannah al-Othman

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The army is standing down in its role supporting the police after the Manchester attack

The army has started to reduce its role supporting police in the wake of the Manchester attack, Scotland Yard has confirmed. The move comes after the national threat level was lowered from critical to severe on Saturday, meaning an attack remains likely but may not be imminent.

The military involvement was part of the Operation Temperer protocol, which places soldiers at key sites in UK cities. The operation will end in the next three days.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the national lead for terrorism policing, said: "I'd like to thank military colleagues for their assistance and the public for their continued support during this challenging time.

"The extra resources that were in place over the last week are being phased out. However, military personnel will remain in readiness to support the police should it be necessary."

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This weekend hundreds of people got tattooed with Manchester worker bees

Tattoo parlours across the country are fundraising money for the victims of last week's terror attack. So far the effort has yielded tens of thousands of pounds.

People are spending the holiday – some waiting in line for as long as 15 hours – to be inked with a worker bee, a symbol of Manchester's hard-working identity.

All different sorts of people received the tattoos. Those who spoke to BuzzFeed News had different reasons for what prompted their participation, but most saw the insect as a gesture of love to their city after a time of loss and mourning.

Hannah Al-Othman

Read more here.

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Salman Abedi was pictured pulling this suitcase through Manchester the day before the attack

Salman Abedi was seen the day before his attack on Manchester Arena dragging a large blue suitcase through the city centre, new images released by police show.

Officers have urged anyone who may have seen Abedi with the suitcase to come forward, stressing that the case was different to the one used during the blast.

Police have not revealed exactly where the image was taken, or what they believe may have been inside the case. But they said they believe it was in his possession in the days leading up to the attack.

Abedi was also pictured with the suitcase in the Wilmslow Road area of south Manchester, which is close to where several subsequent police raids have taken place.

Police are trying to pinpoint Abedi's movement between 18 May, when he returned from a trip to Libya, and 22 May, when he carried out the deadly attack, which killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

—Hannah Al-Othman

Read more here.

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Police search landfill site in Bury as part of Manchester attack investigation

Viridor, Pilsworth south landfill, Bury, where the is a police presence. @yqshi

Police have said they are searching a landfill site in the Pilsworth area of Bury as part of the investigation into last week's attack on Manchester Arena.

In a statement issued on Monday afternoon, Greater Manchester police confirmed the search was taking place and was "ongoing".

—Francis Whittaker

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John Legend has paid a moving tribute to one of the victims of the Manchester attack

.@JohnLegend told @GMB he was 'moved' by footage of #Manchester victim Olivia Campbell singing one of his songs… https://t.co/jxkWdJCMsP

Fifteen-year-old Olivia Campbell, one of the 22 victims killed at the Manchester concert attack last Monday, was a huge fan of John Legend's music, and sang his massive hit "All of Me" at a talent show.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Monday, Legend sent his condolences to Olivia's parents and told them that he was moved after watching her performance of "All of Me".

"I can't imagine the pain you are going through. I have a young daughter and I can imagine the feeling you must have to go through right now to have to bury your own daughter," the singer said.

"I understand she was a fan of my music and she sang my song 'All of Me' for a talent show, and that it was played at her memorial service, and I want to thank you for playing the song and let you know that I was so moved by your daughter's performance of the song.

"I want to send you as much love from far away, and as much sympathy and condolences I can send you. I know it won't make up for the loss you're feeling right now, but any love we can send, I want to send you right now. Wish you the best. Take care."

You can read more about John Legend's tribute here.

—Victoria Sanusi

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Family and friends remembered the life of Manchester attack victim Martyn Hett during an emotional vigil in Stockport

Martyn Hett's partner Russell Hayward says hearing his soulmate had died felt like 'his heart had been ripped out'… https://t.co/biLDBsoSjG

Hundreds gathered to celebrate the life of Martyn Hett in Stockport's Heaton Moor Park on Sunday night.

The 29-year-old PR manager, who was among the 22 killed in Monday's attack in Manchester, was a well-known Coronation Street superfan and online personality.

His partner, Russell Hayward, made an emotional and witty tribute to their life together. Recalling the moment they first met on Stockport viaduct, Hayward said: "As soon as I saw him mince around the corner in a hideous shirt and threw his arms around me I felt such enormous warmth and love."

Hett, who had a large social media following, was such an ardent "Coronation Street" fan that he had stalwart character Deirdre Barlow tattooed on his leg. Hayward said: "He was the extrovert to my introvert. The Deidre to my Ken."

Hett's brother Dan wore a specially designed T-shirt emblazoned with tributes – including from Mariah Carey – and a cartoon of his brother. "I look like I'm going on a fucking hen do. Thanks, bruv," he quipped on Twitter.

I look like I'm going on a fucking hen do. thanks, bruv. #bemoremartyn

—Emily Dugan

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MI5 has launched an inquiry into missed warnings from the public about Abedi

The security services have opened a "post-incident investigation" into the missed opportunities to identify Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi.

MI5 was tipped off at least three times about Abedi's extremist views before Monday's attack, the BBC reported. The inquiry will look at whether those warnings were ignored.

Home secretary Amber Rudd told Sky News: "There's a lot of information coming out about what happened, how this occurred, what people might or might not have known. I think it's right that MI5 takes a look to find out what the facts are. We shouldn't rush to make any conclusions at this stage."

The inquiry comes as it emerged that special powers to ban British jihadis from returning to the UK have only been used once. Abedi is thought to have received terrorist training in Libya before returning to the UK just days before killing 22 people.

Rudd has confirmed a report in today's Times that temporary exclusion orders – available since they were passed into law in February 2015 – have only been used once. This is despite an estimated 350 people returning to Britain after fighting for Islamic State.

Temporary exclusion orders can be used to ban a British citizen suspected of fighting abroad from returning home for up to two years. They can also be used to negotiate conditions of re-entry, such as enrolling into a compulsory deradicalisation programme, or reporting to the police.

—Emily Dugan

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A 23-year-old was arrested in Sussex, bringing the total number of arrests to 16

Police investigating the Manchester Arena attack have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of terrorism offenses, bringing the total number of arrests made in connection to the bombing to 16.

The arrest was made early Monday morning in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, a small town along England's southern coast that is more than 260 miles from Manchester. A crime scene remains in place at the address, police said.

It was just the second arrest to take place outside of Greater Manchester, and seemed to mark a geographical expansion of the investigation in England.

A total of 14 men are now in custody in connection with the arena bombing. Two individuals have been released without charges. The suspect's father and one of his brother's have also reportedly been detained in Libya.

In Manchester, authorities searched an address in the Whalley Range area early Monday but have not made any additional arrests.

—Grace Wyler

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Police arrest 19-year-old man on suspicion of terrorism offenses

Police have arrested a 19-year-old man after raiding two more houses as part of investigation into Monday's attack.

This evening officers executed two search warrants in different parts of the city; one in Rusholme in south Manchester, and one in Gorton, east of the city centre.

The men was arrested at the Gorton address on suspicion of offences contrary to the terrorism act.

Residents described hearing loud bangs, believed to be controlled explosions, as police vehicles lined the street, with "dozens of officers" currently on the scene.

Police dogs are being used to help with the searches that being are carried out at both properties.

As it stands, 15 people in total have been arrested in connection with the investigation, of which two people have since been released without charge.

A total of 13 men remain in custody for questioning.

—Hannah Al-Othman

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Police carry out two more raids

Police in Manchester have raided two more houses as part of investigation into Monday's attack.

This evening officers executed two search warrants in different parts of the city; one in Rusholme in south Manchester, and one in Gorton, east of the city centre.

Residents described hearing loud bangs, believed to be controlled explosions, as police vehicles lined the street, with "dozens of officers" currently on the scene.

Police dogs are being used to help with the searches that being are carried out at both properties.

A statement from Greater Manchester police said: "Today officers investigating the attack on the Manchester Arena have executed two warrants; one in Rusholme and one in Gorton.

"Searches are currently ongoing." –Hannah Al-Othman

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Police make first arrest and carry out first raid since threat level reduced

Raids happening in Moss Side right now. Armed masked police officers with dogs. Cops everywhere. #manchesterattack

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man in the Old Trafford area of Manchester on suspicion of offences contrary to the Terrorism Act, it has been announced.

His arrest means 14 have been made in total, and 12 men remain in custody.

Greater Manchester police also confirmed a warrant had been executed at an address in Moss Side. Both the arrest and the raid, which are being described as separate incidents, are the first to take place since the UK threat level was reduced from "critical" to "severe" on Saturday.

The address in Moss Side is close to the Fade'Away barber shop that was raided earlier this week.

Residents reported hearing a large bang as dozens of officers entered the residential street, half a mile away from the barber shop.

The road has been completely sealed off at both ends, while officers with dogs search the property.

–Hannah Al-Othman

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Home secretary says the country is prepared for acts of terrorism

"MI5 looking at 500 different terror plots" Home Secretary @AmberRuddHR tells #marr

Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday morning, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: "I believe there is information we can gather and there's steps we can take to improve the countries security."

"But be in no doubt, this is something this the country has been prepared for, the threat level has been severe now since 2014, which is that an attack is highly likely.

"There will be as many armed police by the end of this year as there has ever been. We are stepping that up all the time. This hasn't come out of the blue, very sadly. This is something we have been prepared for.

"One other thing I would like to say is that the reason why the handling of this terrible atrocity was done so well in Manchester by the emergency services, which I would like to thank, and by everybody involved, by the people who volunteered, is because we had rehearsed for it.

"It's an ongoing investigation there are 11 people in custody. The operation is really at full tilt in a way. Until the operation is complete, we can't be entirely sure it is closed."

—Ikran Dahir

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Police release images of Manchester bomber on the night of the attack

Police have released pictures of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi, taken hours before before an explosion killed him and 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

Greater Manchester Police did not release details on where the pictures were taken, but the closely cropped images were taken from CCTV stills of Abedi, who is seen carying a rucksack and wearing a jacket.

Police also revealed they learned Abedi's identity two hours after Monday's attack.

Read more here.

—Salvador Hernandez

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This is how Manchester came together in the wake of terror

As Chris Greenhalgh walked towards his office in central Manchester on Friday morning, an extraordinary thing happened. Wearing a T-shirt which said "I MCR" on it, the 32-year-old found that he couldn't go more than a few streets without being stopped.

"It's a half hour walk, and I must have hugged about four strangers on the way. People would stop with a smile and a tear," he said.

Greenhalgh is the man behind the logo which has become one of the emblems of the city's refusal to bow to hatred in the wake of Monday night's terror attack. As Manchester mourns the 22 people killed, a spirit of dogged unity, kindness and civic pride has come to define its response.

A graphic designer, Greenhalgh made the logo in the aftermath of the riots in 2011, "to harness the energy of people who love Manchester and create something positive" from it. Now as the city rebuilds from the country's worst terror attack in a decade, the slogan is once again fitting for its determination not to be defined by hate. Since Tuesday morning Greenhalgh's company has distributed more than 10,000 items of "I MCR" merchandise to raise money for the victims fund.

"The city is already starting to bounce back; you can't keep Manchester down for too long," Greenhalgh told BuzzFeed News. "There's a real sense of togetherness and unity. It's beautiful.

"People should be proud of the way we've reacted. The lord mayor called it Manchester's darkest day, and while we'll never forget what happened and we'll never forget the victims, we also saw some of Manchester's brightest and best qualities come out of it."

Read the full story on how the people of Manchester supported each other in the wake of the concert attack.

—Emily Dugan

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Terrorism threat level reduced from "critical" to "severe"

UK terror threat level reduced from 'critical' to 'severe', Prime Minister @theresa_may announces

The UK's terrorism threat level has been reduced from critical to severe, Prime Minister Theresa May said Saturday morning.

The change indicates an attack is highly likely, rather than imminently expected.

The Prime Minister said members of the armed forces will begin withdrawing from UK streets from midnight on Monday. She made the announcement following a meeting of the government's emergency committee Cobra.

"The public should be clear about what this means. A threat level of severe means an attack is highly likely. The country should remain vigilant," May said.

She said significant activity by the police during the last 24 hours had led to the threat being reduced but added that armed forces would be present at hundreds of events across the Bank Holiday weekend.

—Alicia Melville-Smith

Statement from @CCIanHopkins about the change in national threat level.

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Police evacuate large area of Manchester suburb for search

This is the house, with the open door. Police won't let us near.

Police evacuated a large section of Moss Side in Manchester while they searched a property in the area.

In a statement, police said they had set up the large cordon as a "precaution" during the search of the site on Saturday morning.

Residents in hundreds of homes inside the cordon were told to stay indoors, while those living closest to the house in question were asked to leave.

Police were on the scene from about 9am, and started cordoning houses off about an hour later.

Harriet Cutchie, 24, a sweet shop manager who lives in the street, said: "There were just lots of police around. We were just told to stay indoors but the top side was evacuated.

"We heard a bang about half past six, quarter to seven. It's quite a scary situation to be in. You never thought it would be on your own street.

"It's quite a quiet street, lots of families lots of children. Nothing really goes on, I never would have thought.

"Our neighbour woke up at half six and heard 'police, police, police!'. There was a bang.

Her partner Christopher Ntiamoah, 24, added: "Obviously with everything that's going on [we felt] panic. Everyone is as confused as we are. It's really, really confusing at the minute."

Robert Tate, a 57-year-old cook who lives nearby, said: "I was going back to my house but I've not been allowed in. They said it's just a precaution."

Another neighbour, Tim Wilcox, also 57, added: "I went out early to get my newspaper. It's on Boscombe Street, the next street, my mate lives there.

" I went to walk through as I normally do and they had that street taped off and CID were there. My mate lives there and they've been told that if you leave your house you can't go back for the day.

"At about half nine the bomb squad truck with the army turned up and they've got the military guys there. About an hour the tape was moved back."

—Alicia Melville-Smith & Hannah Al-Othman

More police tape here, helicopter is overhead.

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Neighbours describe fear as police raided yet another house in Manchester

This morning I'm in Cheetham Hill, and here a house was raided in the early hours.

Police raided a house in Cheetham Hill overnight, making two further arrests in relation to Monday's terror attack.

Two men have been held, aged 20 and 22, Greater Manchester police confirmed.

Aftab Aslam, 30, an MOT tester who has lived in the street with his family for nearly two years, witnessed the raid in the early hours of this morning.

He saw a bomb disposal truck arrive on scene as police swarmed the street.

He told BuzzFeed News: "At about 2 o'clock in the morning there was a very loud bang. Everyone on the street came out. They said nobody was allowed to come out, everybody was watching from the window.

"There were about 12 or 15 vehicles. Police were everywhere, everywhere. I thought a car was going to explode or something like that.

"It was about 2 o'clock or half two, there was bang and police were shouting 'go, go, go, go, go'. The police were everywhere, everywhere. I didn't know what was going on.

"Everything is safe and calm here, just normal. Nothing like this has ever happened before."

Val Jones, a 59-year-old grandmother of seven, said: "Last night it woke me up at about 2.30am. I heard a loud bang and shouting.

"I looked out the window and there were a convoy of cars coming from the bottom right of the street. There were soldiers getting out in their combat gear with rifles. That's when I knew it was serious.

"I didn't think it was connected to terrorism, I thought it was a drugs raid.

"There was a real commotion. I didn't know what was happening. I thought it was a door getting kicked in. It's frightening. We're only round the corner from the Arena.

"I've seen some of the younger kids knocking about at the end of the street but I don't know the families."

Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, added: "I heard a loud bang and saw police vehicles in the middle of the road, probably about four cars.

"I couldn't see that much, it was dark. The bang was scary at first, it was a very loud, very loud bang. I thought somebody had got shot or it was an explosion."

—Hannah Al-Othman

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Two more arrests made early Saturday morning in connection to bombing attack

Law enforcement officials continued conducting a series of searches and raids early Saturday morning, leading to the arrest of two men suspected of terror acts, Greater Manchester Police said.

Saturday's arrests took place in Cheetham Hill, where police said a controlled explosion was set off to gain entry to the home.

The two men taken into custody were identified only as being 22 and 20 years old.

A total of 11 people remain in custody for questioning in connection to Monday's attack.

—Salvador Hernandez

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Ariana Grande says she's returning to Manchester to honor bomb victims

In her first extensive statement since 22 people were killed at her Manchester concert on Monday, singer Ariana Grande offered her condolences to the victims and pledged, "We will not let this divide us. We won't let hate win."

Grande said she plans to return to Manchester to spend time with fans and perform in a benefit concert to remember the victims and raise money for their families.

She also shared a link to a fundraising campaign organized by the Manchester Evening News to support the families of those killed and injured.

Read more here.

—David Mack

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A ninth man was arrested in connection to the deadly Manchester Arena bombing

A 44-year-old man was arrested by Greater Manchester Police Friday night, bringing the total number of people detained in connection to the deadly bombing to 11.

The man, whose name was not immediately released, was taken into custody in the Rusholme area, officials said.

Of the 11 people detained so far, two have been released without charge and nine remain in custody, according to police.

"This is a fast moving investigation and we're keeping an open mind at this stage," authorities said in a statement.

Daz Lawson store manager at nearby Spar describes what he saw

The Friday night arrest appeared to be connected to a bus that was stopped by what witnesses described as heavily armed police officers on Oxford Road.

A store manager nearby told a Manchester Evening News reporter police in armored cars responded quickly to the area, blocking off roads near the bus.

The Manchester Evening News reported some of the police officers were wearing masks when they boarded the bus.

One witness told the paper police wrestled someone to the floor.

A few minutes later, police announced the arrest.

—Salvador Hernandez

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"Immense" progress made in investigation, says senior terror officer

#Breaking Police have made "immense" progress in the investigation into the Manchester bombing, Britain's top counter-terror officer says.

But there are still "important" lines of inquiry to pursue, Mark Rowley adds.

#Breaking Further arrests are likely, although police believe they have "got hold of a large part of the network", Mr Rowley says.

Patrick Smith

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The mother of a Manchester attack victim says she has "no hate and anger" for the attacker

The mother of Manchester terror attack victim Martyn Hett say she refuses to give in to hatred, and celebrate her s… https://t.co/1ywlB6fux9

The mother of Martyn Hett, who was one of 22 people to lose their lives following a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday, has said she will not invest time in feeling hate towards the attacker.

"I have no feelings of hate and anger at all because I don't think this person deserves any of those emotions that I should invest in," Hett's mother, Figen Murray said in an interview with BBC Northwest.

"I'm staying with my positivity for Martyn and that's what I'm going to hold on to," she added.

You can read more about Hett's mother's interview here. —Laura Silver

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Libyans in Manchester say the attack has shocked their community to its core

Though the Libyan community in Manchester is one of the UK's largest, it's still small enough for most people to know each other, if not by face, then by name.

And no name is more recognisable right now than that of British-born Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber behind the attack at Manchester Arena on Monday night, which claimed the lives of 22 people.

Many people in the city's close-knit Libyan community told BuzzFeed News they knew of the 22-year-old and the Abedi family, but were reluctant to say anything beyond that, seemingly fearful of the scrutiny – and possible repercussions – that could follow.

Younger members of the Libyan diaspora said they were left reeling in shock and disbelief when they learned the attack was carried out by one of their own, and expressed concern that his actions would have a negative impact on the wider community.

IT consultant Mohamed Fadil, 25, said: "What Salman did he did by himself, and his actions will only represent himself. It does not represent his family, it does not represent the Libyan community, it does not represent Islam."

Other members of the Libyan community were concerned that the attack could deepen divisions within their community.

"Everyone's been really split in terms of their politics and views on things," Amna, 33, a community worker said.

When she saw some of the comments being made by other Libyans, her heart sank. "I thought, Oh god, your own community is already selling you out," she said. "So it's probably better that they don't speak."

You can read more about how the attack has shocked Manchester's Libyans here.

—Aisha Gani, reporting from Manchester

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How the threat level being at critical will affect events this weekend

In the wake of the Manchester attack this week the threat level in the UK was raised to critical – meaning an attack could be imminent – for only the third time since the system was introduced in 2006. On both previous occasions, the critical threat level was lifted within four days.

Here's what it means for cities across the UK:


The Great Manchester Run will go ahead as planned on Sunday, organisers announced after talks with police and the council, with a full security review being undertaken.

Entrants have been told to expect a detailed email explaining plans for Sunday, which may differ from those previously issued, and that additional security measures will be in place.

The Great CityGames will also take place on Friday at a purpose-built sprint track on Deansgate, and a pop-up athletics arena in the city centre.


The Metropolitan police said policing operations for all major events taking place in the capital this weekend had been reviewed, with extra measures and officers in place.


This weekend is Birmingham Pride, and police have reassured people the event is still going ahead, and they will be doing all they can to keep people safe.


The Radio 1 Big Weekend festival is going ahead as planned, with police reassuring people that there is "no information suggesting an imminent threat to our area at this time".


A Take That gig due to take place at the Liverpool Arena the day after the bombing was postponed until today (Friday), and the band cancelled three concerts scheduled for the Manchester Arena this week.


As of yesterday, specialist firearms officers from the British Transport police are patrolling on board trains for the first time ever.

You can read more about what that means for the weekend here. —Matthew Champion

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Katie Hopkins to leave LBC after Manchester attack tweet

Katie Hopkins has left LBC, it was announced on Friday morning.

It comes after, in a now-deleted tweet, Hopkins called for a "final solution" in response to the Manchester attacks. Some people reported her for being abusive, and called on others to do the same.

You can read more about Hopkins and the fallout from her tweet here.

—Fiona Rutherford

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Eight arrested suspected of "terror offences", reports say

The eight men remaining in police custody are being held on suspicion of terror offences, Greater Manchester police have told the Press Association.

All are aged between 18 and 38.

Two individuals, a man and woman, who were arrested earlier this week have been released without charge.

—Rose Troup Buchanan

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Police search address in Moss Side

Officers are searching a property in Moss Side, Manchester, in connection with Monday's attack.

A statement from Greater Manchester police confirmed a search was underway, and said the property was a different address to one also in Moss Side where a man had been arrested in the early hours of Friday morning.

—Rose Troup Buchanan

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Tenth person arrested in connection with investigation

A man was arrested Friday morning in the Moss Side area in connection with the Manchester attack, police said.

He was the tenth person taken into custody in the investigation. One man and one woman have so far been released without charges, and the other eight are still being questioned, police said.

—Claudia Koerner

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The UK is sharing intelligence again with the US after "fresh assurances" against leaks

.@PoliceChiefs statement as the UK resumes intelligence sharing with the US after receiving "fresh assurances" agai… https://t.co/jm9Nj8CTBJ

The UK is again sharing intelligence with the US after receiving "fresh assurances" against leaks to the press.

Mark Rowley, assistant commissioner for the Metropolitan Police Service, released a statement on behalf of the National Police Chiefs Council.

"While we do not usually comment on information sharing arrangements with international law enforcement organisations, we want to emphasise that, having received fresh assurances, we are now working closely with our key partners around the world including all those in the 'Five Eyes' intelligence alliance," he said.

The statement comes after UK prime minister Theresa May said she would warn US President Donald Trump that all information shared between the countries must be secure, and the US-UK relationship must be built on trust.

"Part of that trust is knowing that intelligence can be shared confidently," May said.

In response, Trump said he would launch an investigation on the leaks.

Read more here.

—Claudia Koerner

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Libyan authorities say Manchester bombing suspect called mother to say goodbye just hours before deadly attack

The suspect in the Manchester bombing called his mother in Libya just hours before the attack to say goodbye, a spokesman for Libya's anti-terrorism force told the Associated Press.

Salman Abedi's mother and three siblings were questioned by Libya's Special Deterrent Force, spokesman Ahmed bin Salem told the AP, revealing the call from the suspected bomber to his mother.

During the call, the 22-year-old apparently told his mother, "Forgive me."

"He was giving farewell," bin Salem told the AP.

Abedi's mother also told Libyan officials her son had left for England four days before the deadly bombing.

Libyan authorities believe Abedi learned how to make explosives online and "acted alone."

—Salvador Hernandez

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Residents describe explosion in Blackley as authorities carry out raid at high-rise flat

Now in Blackley, where forensics officers are still on the scene.

Neighbours at a block of flats raided by police yesterday evening in north Manchester described hearing a loud bang and smelling sulphur before they saw a young woman being led away in handcuffs.

Forensics officers were still at the scene today in Blackley as the investigation continued.

Police disabled the lifts and blocked the stairways before raiding the 12th-floor flat.

"It was about half past six, I was going out to work. The lifts weren't working, which was unusual. I went to the stairway and there were people with their hands pressed against the door, so I couldn't get out. It was the police," a neighbour on the floor below told BuzzFeed News. "A policeman opened the door and said 'get back in your flat'. I ran back in the flat and locked the door, and then two minutes later we heard a bang upstairs and smelled sulphur.

"The past few months we've heard a lot of noise up here and I said to my wife it's a lot of DIY work for a little flat...and little did I know this flat would get raided."

Another neighbour added: "I heard a bang, but I didn't know what it was. It sounded like someone with a hammer. I looked out my window and saw her in handcuffs."

The neighbour, who declined to be identified, described the woman as a "white girl" who looked about 30 years old.

"The lad who lives up there he works at night, he's from Afghanistan I think," the neighbour added. "What he told me is he has a wife and she's gone home and she's waiting for a visa. He's been in there about eight years now."

—Hannah Al-Othman

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The father of the Manchester suicide bomber praised jihadi groups online

ISTANBUL — The father of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi praised Libyan and Syrian jihadi groups, including al-Qaeda affiliates, in his social media posts, boasting that his youngest son, Hashem, now arrested as a suspected ISIS militant, was "training" alongside a picture that shows a young man holding a mounted machine gun.

"My greetings of peace to [Jabhat] al-Nusra," Ramadan Abedi, the father of the man accused killing at least 22 concertgoers, wrote in one post, using the former name of al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria. "[May they be] victorious against the infidels."

The elder Abedi, now in the custody of a powerful UN-affiliated militia in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, has been described as a veteran of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a jihadi organization that fought the Soviets alongside Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in the 1980s and later staged operations against the late Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi. In an interview earlier this week before his arrest, he insisted he was not a current member of the LIFG but supported the group. "I am not part of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group but I commend them," he said in a video interview.

Read the full story here.

—Borzou Daragahi

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Police raided a home in Withington and detained a man in connection with the Manchester Arena attack

A family was dragged out of a house in Withington, south Manchester, at around 4am on Thursday morning as police detained a man in connection with Monday's attack at Manchester Arena.

Neighbours told BuzzFeed News that the family, who are Libyan, had moved into the rented flat a few months previously, and the children attended the local primary school around the corner. The family's surname is Abedi but it is not clear if or how they might be related to the suspected suicide bomber Salman Abedi.

One neighbour, who wished to be named only as Andrew, said: "I just saw armed police and dogs and heard an explosion. I just came running out, all of us did, to have a look."

"They told me to piss off after a minute, pointed a gun at me and told me to move. I walk past here every day and they were always out here, the kids out here, the parents out here," he said.

"They were in their fifties, there were quite a few kids, two teenagers at least and at least two little ones, and a baby. They were proper polite, the little kid was polite, nice, always apologising for no reason. They were well-mannered, well brought up."

Describing the raid, he said: "The girls, the women were screaming and crying, and they had social workers or translator or whatever calming them down.

"They were taken round the corner and put in a van, it was all pretty surreal, there were at least three or four women.

"I think one of the kids was handcuffed, 13 or 14 years old. He was sitting against the wall on the floor with his hands behind his back."

Another neighbour, Norma Meredith, 71, added: "It was at five past four, all the flats shook. I was a bit scared, I saw it outside. It's terrible, you don't know what's going to happen next, it's not safe.

"He had to bang the door to go in and get him, they got him. They rent it, but I don't know who the landlord is."

A third neighbour, who did not want to be named, added: "It's very shocking, it's terrible because I just moved in here. I think between three and four in the morning I noticed some people were screaming, shouting, and I noticed that the police were along this road. There were guns, I was really scared.

"I had to pray, I was scared, I was praying it wasn't another bomb."

—Hannah Al-Othman

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Neighbours describe “terrifying” moment police raided next door property

Neighbours of a terraced house in south Manchester that was raided by police overnight said they were "terrified" when armed officers ordered them to stay inside.

Those living on Linden Street, Moss Side, described hearing a loud bang before armed officers carried out an operation lasting more than an hour. Police confirmed the explosion and raid just after 2.30am.

Neighbours said the house was empty at the time but that an elderly couple was most recently seen living in the property, about four to five weeks ago.

On Thursday, as police continued to search the house, what looked like an Islamic scripture was visible on the wall of the living room.

"I heard it and I live two streets down, I heard a bang. I definitely thought it was a bomb at first," said one neighbour, who asked not to be named.

"I don't think there was a anybody in it at the time. You just don't know who your neighbours are at all these days.

"It's an elderly couple. It was an old man, about 65, and a woman. He had a beard. I said 'it's an old couple, that's strange, it's usually young ones'. There's different people all the time, just different people coming and going – they don't stay long, just a few weeks, one week, two weeks.

"They [the police] couldn't get the door off quick enough. It must have lasted a good hour, hour and a half. It was terrifying. I thought, I don't believe this. They were pointing guns and lights at us, shouting 'get back from your window, close the door!'. I didn't know what it was.

"I heard a commotion and thought it was young boys playing out. I'm just glad they got the right house. We got told to get back from the windows so I stayed back. I went for a fag, I was shaking that much I couldn't do my lighter."

—Hannah Al-Othman

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32 people, including 14 children, remain in hospital

Five children and five adults remain in critical condition in hospital, following the attack in Manchester on Monday night.

In total, 32 people, including 18 adults and 14 children, continue to be treated by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Professor Bob Pearson, director of Central Manchester University hospitals, speaking to reporters outside on Thursday afternoon, said staff were hopeful that a number of those injured would be able to return home over the bank holiday weekend. However, he cautioned that a number – refusing to be drawn on exact injuries or numbers – would require "extensive rehabilitation".

He said the wounds were "different from the normal injuries" that NHS staff treat. "They are complex, and they are challenging."

But, he continued that while it was a "challenging time for staff", he was "enormously proud" of their efforts.

Rose Troup Buchanan

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Manchester victim Martyn Hett's family have thanked well-wishers for their support

The family of journalist and LGBT rights advocate Martyn Hett, who was killed in Monday's attack in Manchester Arena, have thanked the public for their support.

In a new statement issued via Greater Manchester police, they said that their "beloved son Martyn just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time."

"Words cannot describe the generosity and kindness our families have received over the last few days," they added. "We are overwhelmed with the amount of lives he has touched and the kind words that are being said about him."

"Martyn was the icon of all our lives. His infectious laugh and his niche sense of humour will stay with us forever. He lived for every moment of every day and fitted an entire lifetime of memories into his 29 years."

"Whilst they have taken the life out of Martyn, no-one can, and ever will, take Martyn our of our lives," the statement concluded.

US superstar Mariah Carey — of whom Hett was a huge fan — paid tribute to him on her Instagram account earlier on Thursday.

"Devastated to learn that one of the victims in Manchester was part of the #Lambily," she said.

"RIP Martyn Hett," she continued, "we will cherish your memory forever."

Hett's friend Russell Hayward, who described Hett as a soulmate, also tweeted about a vigil taking place in his hometown of Stockport this weekend.

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The New York Times has defended its decision to publish crime scene photos of the Manchester attack scene

In a statement issued to the Press Association, the New York Times stood by its decision to publish leaked photographs from the scene of Monday's Manchester bombing.

"The images and information presented were neither graphic, nor disrespectful of victims, and consistent with the common line of reporting on weapons used in horrific crimes," the statement read.

"We have strict guidelines on how and in what ways we cover sensitive stories. Our coverage of Monday's horrific attack has been both comprehensive and responsible."

Speaking to reporters earlier, Greater Manchester police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the victims' families had been told of the leaked images, and it had caused "much distress." —Francis Whittaker

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The Queen calls the Manchester attack "wicked" and "dreadful"

The Queen made a surprise visit to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on Thursday, to visit young people injured in the arena bomb attack on Monday night.

She met a number of patients, telling them that the attack was "dreadful. Very wicked, to target that sort of thing." She added: "It's very interesting how everybody has united."

The Queen also took some time to meet and thank hospital staff.

And Queen Elizabeth also reportedly told the girls that she was an admirer of Ariana Grande.

The Queen on Ariana Grande: 'She sounds very, very good. A very good singer.' #Manchester #manchesterattack

You can read all about Her Majesty's visit here.

—Patrick Smith

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Nicola Sturgeon pays tribute to 14-year-old victim from Scottish island

Nicola Sturgeon opened the weekly First Minister's Questions session in the Scottish parliament by paying tribute to 14-year-old Scottish schoolgirl Eilidh MacLeod, who died in the Manchester attack.

The session, which is usually the most combative event in the weekly diary of Scottish politics, was instead a sombre affair where members offered their thoughts and prayers to the family of MacLeod who lived on the Scottish island of Barra.

MacLeod went missing alongside her friend Laura MacIntyre after the attack. Following appeals for information from their families, MacIntyre was discovered severely injured in hospital, but MacLeod's family announced her death on Thursday morning.

"Members will be aware of the heartbreaking news today that 14-year-old Eilidh MacLeod from Barra was amongst those killed in the Manchester Arena on Monday night," said Sturgeon.

"I know we will all want to send our love and thoughts to Eilidh's mum and dad and to all of her family and friends at this dreadful time for them. Our thoughts are also with Eilidh's friend Laura MacIntyre, who remains in hospital."

Sturgeon's political opponent, Ruth Davidson from the Scottish Conservatives, forfeited her usual right to grill the first minister and instead had asked the Scottish youth parliament what they would like to ask Sturgeon.

"It would not be right in my judgment to use today to indulge in the knockabout of an election campaign, but I also believe we that best show our contempt for the tactics of by going about our business of practising the very democratic values that bombers seek to destroy," said Davidson.

The Scottish Conservative leader went on to ask about provisions for mental health case for young people in Scotland – an issue on which the Scottish youth parliament has been campaigning in recent months.

—Jamie Ross

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Theresa May is going to warn Donald Trump about US leaks on the Manchester investigation

Theresa May has said she will be warning Donald Trump that information shared with the US must be "secure", following a series of leaks of information on the Manchester bombing from US intelligence sources.

In a short statement ahead of travelling to a NATO summit, May said the UK's threat level remained at critical, and that she would be discussing terrorism with other national leaders at the meeting of the defence alliance.

"Shortly I will be travelling to a NATO summit where I will be working with international colleagues on defeating terrorism," she said.

"I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure."

UK police and security services have expressed anger and frustration at a series of detailed leaks of information relating to the ongoing investigation into the Manchester bomber Salman Abedi and his possible associates. Eight people are currently under arrest as the investigation goes on.

US intelligence figures have leaked information including the name of the bomber – while police were still asking media to keep this confidential – as well as details of his possible routes, his history, and even detailed photographs and information from the scene of the bombing.

You can read more about May's warning to the US president here.

—James Ball

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People broke into a spontaneous rendition of Oasis's "Don't Look Back in Anger" in Manchester following a minute's silence

Goosebumps! The amazing moment Manchester crowd joins in with woman singing Oasis - Don't Look Back in Anger after… https://t.co/qraDTOJfIU

The end of the minute's silence honouring the victims of the Manchester attack in the city's St. Ann's Square was followed by the crowd spontaneously singing "Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis — one of the city's most famous bands.

Guardian reporter Josh Halliday filmed the crowd quietly joining in with the song, which was followed by applause and chants of "we love Manchester". You can read more about the crowd singing the song here.

—Matthew Champion and Hannah al-Othman

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Eight arrests so far "significant", Manchester police chief says

The arrests made so far in connection to Monday's attack are "significant", Greater Manchester police confirmed in a press conference this afternoon.

"The arrests that we have made are significant, and initial searches of premises have revealed items that we believe are very important to the investigation," Manchester's Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said.

The eight men – a woman who was detained earlier has subsequently been released – were arrested in Manchester, Wigan, and Nuneaton, and Hopkins confirmed that officers were carrying out searches at a number of addresses in those areas.

Hopkins said the searches would take several days to complete, but officers had already found "items that we believe are very important to the investigation".

He also went on to address the controversy caused by the leaking of UK police findings by US officials to American media outlets. Hopkins said the families of victims were informed of that leak last night. He continued: "It is absolutely understandable that this has caused much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss."

—Rose Troup Buchanan

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Seventy-five people were hospitalised after Monday's attack

A total of 75 people were treated in eight hospitals following Monday night's attack on Manchester Arena, NHS England said in a statement.

Of those, 23 remained in critical care as of Thursday morning. A total of 118 people received NHS inpatient treatment.

—Francis Whittaker

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Theresa May is under pressure to review an anti-extremism strategy that has alienated many Muslims

The government's controversial strategy for preventing the spread of violent extremism has become so distrusted within the Muslim community that it needs to be reviewed after the general election, the UK's former senior prosecutor has told BuzzFeed News.

Speaking in the wake of the Manchester attack, Lord Ken Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions (DPP) said the Prevent strategy, which aims to stop people supporting terrorism, was well-intentioned but had been undermined because many Muslims believe that it discriminates against them.

"You have to query whether it's working. It needs to be looked at as a strategy," said Macdonald, who was DPP when a group of suicide bombers murdered 52 people in London in July 2005.

Prevent is one of the main pillars of the UK's approach to counterterrorism, providing government funding for community-based initiatives designed to combat the spread of violent extremism. A long-running debate about the scheme reignited yesterday, as security experts and politicians began debating the implications of the Manchester suicide bombing. You can read more about the controversy surrounding the government's Prevent scheme here.

—Alex Spence

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Minute's silence held across the UK

Manchester fell silent today to remember the victims of Monday's terror atrocity.

Crowds of thousands gathered in St Ann's Square, where hundreds of floral tributes have been laid to remember those killed in the attack.

The sun shone down on Manchester as the bells of St Ann's Church rang out the hour to mark the beginning of the silence.

Men, women, and children from all walks of life came together to pay their respects, and many were visibly moved, wiping away silent tears or openly crying.

As the silence came to an end, people queued to leave tributes of flowers and balloons or light candles, while others gave out free food and drink to their fellow Mancunians.

After the silence concluded, an impromptu chorus of Oasis's "Don't Look Back In Anger" started up, with the crowds singing together in unison.

—Hannah Al-Othman

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Army and bomb disposal unit deployed in false alarm to southwest Manchester

The army, police, and a bomb disposal unit have been deployed to an address in southwest Manchester in what turned out to be a false alarm.

Police initially confirmed that Limby Street had been cordoned off this morning in response to an incident. Jackson Street and Chorlton Road were also been cordoned off, encompassing a "huge" area, according to a Guardian reporter in Manchester. Officers told the BBC they were were "assessing the situation".

However, a later statement from Greater Manchester police clarified that there was a cordon in Hulme, not Trafford, correcting an earlier police statement, and said officers had been called because of a "possible suspicious package".

The statement confirmed that the package was subsequently "deemed safe" and the cordon had been removed.

—Rose Troup Buchanan

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Mum of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell makes emotional tribute and appeal for unity

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The mum of a teenager who was killed following an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester has made an heartbreaking speech at a vigil on Wednesday night.

Olivia Campbell, from Bury, Manchester, was one of 22 people killed in the attack.

The 15-year-old attended the concert with her friend Adam Lawler for his birthday. At a vigil in the family's hometown on Wednesday evening, Charlotte urged the community not to let the attack beat them.

"From myself, Paul, Olivia's stepdad, from all my children, and Olivia's dad who's not here, I can't thank you enough for all you've done for us, for being here, giving us your support, for sharing her everywhere.

"This is such a hard time for us. I had to come, I didn't know what to do, I don't know where to be, I don't know what to do. I just knew – something told me I had to come here. I can see Olivia's friends there.

"As a family, we're united and we're standing strong. I ask friends, strangers, relatives, neighbours to do the same – please stay together, don't let this beat any of us, please. Don't let my daughter be a victim."

You can read more about the tribute here.

–Fiona Rutherford

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Off-duty police officer named as victim of Manchester attack

Elaine McIver, a police officer from Cheshire, was the 19th person to be named as a victims of Monday's attack. She was off-duty at the time and was attending the concert with her husband and two children, all of whom are injured but have survived.

"Elaine was a much loved daughter, sister, Auntie, friend and colleague, the best we could ever have wished for," her family said in a statement confirming her death.

"She was everyone's friend, thoughtful beyond belief with an effervescent and outgoing personality," her family said in a statement given the Greater Manchester Police, and confirming her death.

"Although we will all miss her beyond belief, we absolutely know she will live in our hearts forever."

Read more about the victims of the Manchester attack here. –Laura Silver

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Greater Manchester police will stop sharing information with US authorities after leaks, reports say

Police in Manchester have stopped sharing information around the attack in the city with their US counterparts after a series of damaging leaks by American officials, the BBC understands.

British officials working on the case were appalled and apparently "furious" when photographs of debris from the arena appeared in the New York Times on Wednesday.

Greater Manchester police hope to resume information sharing – usually standard practice between Britain and America – soon.

But the second leak of the debris photos has been labelled "another level" a Whitehall source told the BBC, while the UK's National Police Chiefs' Council commented that the unauthorised disclosure of information could impact a serious counterterrorism investigation.

You can read more about information sharing between the US and the UK here.

—Rose Troup Buchanan

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Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham says US leaks on Manchester attack are "unacceptable, arrogant, and must stop immediately"

Andy Burnham, the recently elected mayor of Greater Manchester, has spoken to the US ambassador and released a strongly worded statement condemning the US leaks of information about Monday's attack, saying they're "unacceptable, arrogant, and must stop immediately".

"These leaks are unacceptable, and must stop immediately," Burnham said. "This behaviour is arrogant and is undermining the investigation into the horrific attack on the city of Manchester."

"I have told the US ambassador that it worries me greatly that information from a British investigation is being leaked, seemingly out of the United States. Clearly we all want international cooperation, and the confidential sharing of intelligence information is an important principle which must not be undermined."

—Francis Whittaker

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Eilidh MacLeod, 14, has been named as a victim of the Manchester attack

Eilidh MacLeod, 14, was from the Isle of Barra in Scotland's Western Isles and attended Monday's Ariana Grande concert with a friend.

Her family has released a statement confirming her death via Greater Manchester police.

"Our family is devastated and words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh," the statement read. "Eilidh was vivacious and full of fun. She loved all music whether it was listening to Ariana or playing the bagpipes with her pipe band.

"As a family we would like to express our thanks and gratitude for the support and kind messages we have received at this difficult time."

You can read more about the victims of the attack here.

—Francis Whittaker

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Eight men are now in custody in connection with Monday's arena attack

Police carried out another round of searches in Manchester early Thursday morning, and arrested another two men in connection with Monday's arena attack.

With those arrests, and the release of a woman who'd been arrested Wednesday, the police now have eight people in custody in connection with the bombing.

But Greater Manchester police cautioned Thursday that the investigation is "fast moving," and said they are "keeping an open mind at this time."

—Grace Wyler

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A woman arrested in connection with the bombing has been released

A woman arrested in Manchester in connection to the arena attack has been released without charge, police announced early Thursday.

The woman was one of seven people arrested in the wake of Monday's bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. She had been arrested Wednesday during a series of property searches in the city's Blackley area.

The other six people — including an older brother of the alleged bomber, Salman Abedi — remain in custody. Abedi's father and younger brother have also been detained in Libya.

—Grace Wyler

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Police conduct search in Moss Side

Searches carried out in Moss Side

Police carried out searches in the Moss Side area in the early hours of Thursday, deploying at least one controlled explosion.

People in the area reported hearing a loud boom around 1:45 a.m.

No one was arrested in connection with the Moss Side searches. Six men and one woman remain in custody for questioning, police said. —Claudia Koerner

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US lawmaker says sophistication of Manchester bomb indicates possible foreign training

A US lawmaker told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the sophistication of the bomb used in the Manchester attack indicates the maker may have acquired expertise abroad.

Texas Rep. Mike McCaul, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the bomb contained the same explosive, TATP, used in the deadly attacks in Paris and Brussels that were carried out by Islamic extremists.

McCaul also said that the evidence he'd been briefed on so far suggests Manchester was not "a lone wolf situation."

"There's a network — a cell of ISIS-inspired terrorists," he told the AP.

—Jason Wells

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British police decry breach of trust amid leaks by US counterparts

British police on Wednesday issued a terse statement amid leaks of information connected to the Manchester investigation by their counterparts in the US.

American authorities have been revealing tidbits of information related to the probe to US media, causing great distress in European intelligence circles.

"Unauthorised disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major CT investigation undermines our work & confidence of victims," tweeted the Counter Terrorism Policing agency.

The National Police Chiefs' Council went further, issuing a statement from a spokesman that suggested trust had been breached:

We greatly value the important relationships we have with our trusted intelligence, law enforcement and security partners around the world. These relationships enable us to collaborate and share privileged and sensitive information that allows us to defeat terrorism and protect the public at home and abroad. When that trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families. This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorised disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter terrorism investigation.

Some officials in Washington have also been left frustrated by the fact that the information was coming from the US rather than the UK, calling it "unprofessional."

Prime Minister Theresa May, meanwhile, was reportedly expected to raise the issue with US President Trump at a NATO summit on Thursday.

Read more about the leaks here. —David Mack

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Manchester United wins Europa League final

Manchester United beat Amsterdam's Ajax 2-0 on Wednesday, winning the Europa League final, boosting the spirits of the English team's hometown.

That puts Manchester United in the Champions League next year. The victory was an emotional one for the team, its manager, and their families.

"We know things like this are very sad all over the world, not only in Manchester but also in Paris," team member Paul Pogba said, according to the Guardian. "We won for them. We played for the country. We won for them. We played for them, the people who died."

Read more about the team's tribute to the victims of the attack here.

—Claudia Koerner and Rich James

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Woman, another man arrested in connection with attack

Police announced Wednesday night that seven people have been arrested in connection with the attack and are in custody for questioning.

A woman was arrested on Wednesday after police searched an area of Blackley. Then a man was arrested after a search in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

She was the sixth person arrested in connection with the attack, and he was the seventh. Police did not identify them or what the potential connection was.

"This is a fast moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage," police said.

Police have raided an address in #Blackley. It's unclear whether it's linked to the investigation into Monday night… https://t.co/wxJylScfDj

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Abedi's friends tell of his nights out and weed smoking

Salman Adedi used to spend his days smoking weed and going on nights out with his friends, those who knew him in his younger days have said.

His younger brother, Hashim, was close friends with Abdul Wahab Hadifah — who died last year after he was attacked by a group of men in Moss Side.

Abdul Wahab's brother, Abdulmalik Hafidah, said he had met Salman because their brothers were friends.

"I've not seen him for four or five years. He was a normal teenager, he just liked to smoke weed, to chill with people. He loved to party", he told the Times.

"I've not seen him since then, I can't remember the people he was hanging round with", he added.

"I think last time I saw him was five years ago near my friend's house. I spoke to him, he was going on a night out.

"Obviously I'd heard he'd turned religious before this at the Arena."

Abdulmalik Hafidah said he had "no idea" that Hashim had also been arrested in Libya.

Abdulmalik's father said he had met Salman before, but knew his brother much better. He was also unaware that Hashim had been arrested.

He told BuzzFeed News: "I knew Hashim, when my son was killed he came to the hospital.

"After my son died Hashim came to visit me, but the other one, I didn't know him.

"I heard all the whole family were in Libya. The father lived there since Gadafi was gone."

—Hannah Al-Othman

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Ariana Grande cancels tour through June 5

Pop singer Ariana Grande has canceled her tour through June 5 following the deadly terror attack outside her concert in Manchester late Monday, her team announced.

Twenty-two people were killed and more than 50 others injured, many of them young fans, in a suicide bomb attack just outside Manchester Arena as her concert was wrapping up.

Hours after the attack, Grande tweeted: "Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don't have words."

A statement from her management team Wednesday said the "Dangerous Woman Tour" had been suspended "until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost."

"We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence," the statement added. "Our way of life once again has been threatened, but we will overcome this together."

The cancellation includes dates in Belgium, Poland, Germany, and Switzerland.

The London red carpet premiere of the upcoming Wonder Woman movie has also been canceled for May 31.

"Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK," Warner Bros. said in a statement Wednesday. "In light of the current situation, we will not be proceeding with our plans for the Wonder Woman premiere and junket activities in London."

—Jason Wells

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Salman Abedi's father has been arrested in Tripoli

BREAKING: A Libyan security spokesman says the father of the Manchester bomber has been arrested in Tripoli.

The father of the suspected Manchester suicide bomber has been arrested in Tripoli, a spokesman for Libya's anti-terrorism force told the Associated Press.

Ramadan Abedi had given an interview to the AP earlier Wednesday, saying that his son, Salman, was innocent.

In addition to the father, two of Salman's brothers have also been arrested.

–Jessica Simeone

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Manchester remains tense as armed police hunt terror attack accomplices

Arndale shopping centre in the centre of Manchester is usually a hub of activity, even on a weekday morning. But on Wednesday, the place was almost deserted.

"It's not like it usually is," said Lisa Gaffney, 50, who was with around 20 colleagues from an office in the Arndale building carrying flowers add to the tributes to the victims in Albert Square. "Manchester Arndale has always got a buzz and there's usually lots of people talking but it's very quiet."

Michelle Farraker, 57, said: "It's quite edgy and emotional really. We were told not to come in yesterday. We set off to work and got half way and were then told to go home. There was a lot of police on my way in this morn