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Westminster closes to public in wake of Manchester attack

The Houses of Parliament's flag has been flying at half mast in the wake of the attack Credit: Tim Ireland/Xinhua News Agency/PA

The Palace of Westminster will be closed to the public as the national security threat level remains critical following the Manchester Arena attack.

All public tours of parliament have been cancelled with immediate effect and any pre-planned events and banquets will no longer go ahead.

A statement on the Parliament website states: "In light of the tragic events in Manchester and the Prime Minister's announcement raising the national security threat level to critical, the police have advised that the Palace of Westminster should be closed to non-passholders today, Wednesday 24 May."

The Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace has also been cancelled as police officers are redeployed in the wake of the attack.

Three arrests in connection with Manchester attack

Police near to the scene of the attack. Credit: PA

Three men have been arrested in connection with the suicide attack on Manchester Arena on Monday, police have announced.

The trio were held in South Manchester, Greater Manchester Police said.

A 23-year-old man was arrested yesterday in connection to the bombing on an Ariana Grande concert.

The attacker, said to be 22-year-old Salman Abedi, died in the blast.


UK 'irritated' about US leaks over Manchester attack

The Home Secretary has contacted US officials to make clear her "irritation" at information about the suspected Manchester bomber coming out from America.

Amber Rudd told ITV News that British officials had spoken to their allies and she was confident they would "take steps" to ensure the information leaks were not repeated.

The Americans are our most important ally and are very helpful on intelligence sharing.

On this particular instance it was irritating and I have made that irritation clear.

– Amber Rudd

Ms Rudd said that the "element of surprise" was a key element of successful counter-terror operations and it was up to the police when to release information.

"The Americans are now aware of that", she added.


20 of 59 injured in Manchester attack in critical conditions

Tributes are left for the 22 people killed in the suicide bombing. Credit: PA

Some 20 people are in critical conditions and are being treated for "horrific injuries" following the Manchester terror attack, a senior NHS official has said.

Jon Rouse, chief officer of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, confirmed that some people have life-threatening injuries.

Speaking to the BBC Mr Rouse said: "They've been the sort of traumatic injuries that you would expect in terms of the type of device used, the proximity to the people who were injured.

"We're dealing with injuries to major organs, we're dealing with loss of limbs potentially, we're dealing with embedded objects, all the horrific injuries that you would expect from the event that happened."

He continued that the victims were receiving "round-the-clock" treatment.

Of the 59 people injured in the suicide bombing, 12 were children.

Scotland Yard: Military to be deployed across London

The military is set to be deployed across London. Credit: PA

The military will provide armed guards at a number of key locations across London in the wake of the terror alert being raised to critical.

Buckingham Palace, Downing Street and the Palace of Westminster are among spots in the capital to be bolstered by British Army presence, Scotland Yard announced.

Met Police said on Wednesday that armed guards would be deployed under "pre-planned" Operation Temperer.

Embassies across London will also be the focus of military presence.

"The reality is that we must be prepared to be able to respond to and deal with armed and deadly attackers, so we must be in a position to respond with firearms officers who will use force to stop those attackers in their aim," Commander Jane Connors siad.

"That is why is we have increased the number of firearms who are on duty, both out walking and in roaming patrols, at fixed points and carrying out a range of operations."

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