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Woman arrested over Manchester bombing in armed raid

Police at the scene in Blackley where a woman was arrested. Credit: PA

A woman has been arrested in connection with the Manchester bombing following an armed raid on a block of flats in the north of the city.

Witnesses reported hearing a "huge bang" as police raided the building in Northland Road, Blackley, on Wednesday evening.

Greater Manchester Police said: "A search was carried out and a woman has been arrested in connection with the investigation into the Manchester Arena incident."

Resident Chris Barlow said: "There was about 30 people on the street - they said there's been an explosion at the flats, a bomb or explosion."

"There's CTU (counter terrorism unit) special forces - I spoke to one officer and they said they blew the door in and took a couple of people away."

Police remain outside the building, with officers only allowing residents to access the last stretch of road leading to the block.

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1,000 extra police officers deployed across the UK

The military is providing armed guards for key locations across London after the terror threat level was raised. Credit: PA

One thousand extra armed police officers have been freed up to carry out patrols across the UK after regular defence was bolstered by the military, the Metropolitan Police has said.

The military has provided armed guards for key locations and transport hubs across London after the terror threat level was raised to critical.

The use of the soldiers at sites like Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, the Palace of Westminster and major embassies means armed officers usually standing guard at the sites can be used elsewhere.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, head of national Counter Terrorism Policing, said: "We are grateful to the military who have enabled us to put even more police on the streets to protect the public at this time."

Scotland Yard said the police plan - named Operation Temperer - was seeing it and partners "do everything they can to protect the public".

Coronation Street pays tribute to Manchester solidarity

The above image was screened after Wednesday night's credit sequence. Credit: ITV

Coronation Street has paid tribute to Manchester's solidarity in the wake of Monday's deadly suicide attack.

The long-running ITV soap opera, which films in the city, screened an image at the end of Wednesday night's episode.

The tribute carried a message saying "we stand together" under a photograph of candles and flowers at a tribute site.

United fans declare Manchester 'united' on Final night

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Manchester United fans have declared the city "united" as they support their team in the Europa League final against Ajax.

The club published the video shortly before kick off in the final in the Swedish capital Stockholm.

A number of supporters pay tribute to Manchester's cultural heritage and togetherness in the wake of Monday's deadly suicide bombing in the city.

One fan simply says: "Never have the words Manchester United been so meaningful."

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Man Utd fans in defiance to bomber at Europa League final

Manchester United fans stood unbowed in the wake of the attack that rocked their city, with supporters uniting at home and abroad ahead of the Europa League final.

A long continental campaign comes to a conclusion on Wednesday evening as Jose Mourinho's men take on Ajax at Stockholm's Friends Arena.

The match takes place less than less than 48 hours after 22 people were killed and many more injured in a bomb attack at the end of pop star Ariana Grande's concert at Manchester Arena.

Children try and make sense of Manchester horror

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Penny Marshall

People of all ages are trying to make some kind of sense of the events after 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber in Manchester.

There have been specialist assemblies and classes across Manchester to try and help children to come to terms with the tragedy.

"I think we were all united, I feel like it's really sad," one child said as they were encouraged to speak out.

Colin Parry's son Tim was killed in an IRA bomb aged 12 in 1993. He now runs a centre for the victims of terror attacks.

He said people "have to continue with their lives, there's no other choice".

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