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Hate crime surge in wake of Manchester bomb attack

GMP chief constable Ian Hopkins said hate crime would Credit: PA

A total of 56 hate crimes were recorded in Greater Manchester on Wednesday, police have said.

It comes in the wake of a suicide bomb attack on an Ariana Grande concert which killed 22 people and left dozens more seriously injured.

The figure marks a huge increase on last year, when 187 such crimes were reported in the whole of May 2016.

Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins urged people to report any such incident, and said he had been inspired by the "determination, compassion and solidarity" shown by the vast majority of people in the city.

But, he warned: "We will not tolerate hate crime here in Manchester."

Manchester has come together this week and it is important we continue to stand together, particularly in relation to hate filled views that have no place in Greater Manchester.

Sadly, we have seen an increase in reports of hate incidents from 28 on Monday, which is what we receive on an average day, to 56 on Wednesday this week. We can’t directly link these to the events of Monday night and are continuing to monitor the situation.

I have sent a personal message out to all the faith leaders and places of worship today and have thanked them for the support they have shown and stressed that hate crime will not be tolerated.

– Ian Hopkins, GMP chief constable

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Investigations continue after pizzeria in St Helens raided

A pizzeria has been raided in St Helens Credit: ITV News

Police investigating the terror blast at the Manchester Arena say they've carried out searches at an address in the St Helens area of Merseyside.

Officer say it's part of their fast moving investigation and keeping an open mind at this stage.

Greater Manchester Police say ten people in total have been arrested in connection with the investigation, of which a man and a woman have since been released without charge.

Eight men remain in custody for questioning.

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