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Armed police raid block of flats in Manchester

Armed police raid a block of flats near to Manchester Piccadilly Station Credit: SWNS

Armed police have raided a block of flats near to Manchester Piccadilly Station.

Video footage showed officers, some clad in balaclavas, piling out of a van on Wednesday afternoon, before storming a building on Granby Row.

The station was briefly closed during the raid, police said.

A witness said: "I saw down there about four armed officers coming out from the back of the building.

"Again, helmets, face masks, machine guns and getting into two unmarked cars and driving away."

A Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman said: "Officers have this afternoon carried out a search at an address in Manchester City Centre as part of the investigation into the horrific incident at Manchester Arena.

"That search is ongoing."

Soldiers on streets of London after terror threat raised

Groups of soldiers have been seen outside of Downing Street and Parliament after the terror threat level was raised to critical.

Armed troops are being deployed to guard "key locations" such as Buckingham Palace and Number 10 as part of Operation Temperer.

Nearly 1,000 members of the military are expected to be deployed.

A group of soldiers outside the Palace of Westminster. Credit: ITV News

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Op Temperer: 984 military personnel being deployed

Armed troops will be working under the command of police to provide additional security Credit: PA

Nearly 1,000 members of the armed forces will be deployed today as part of Operation Temperer.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed that 984 military personnel will be providing extra security as they take up positions around the country.

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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 at the scene of the arrests. Credit: ITV News

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.

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