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Manchester Victoria station reopens after terror attack

A tribute inside the station. Credit: Pool

Manchester Victoria railway station has reopened a week after the suicide bombing which killed 22 people and left more than 100 injured.

The station is attached to Manchester Arena, the site of the bombing carried out by 22-year-old Salman Abedi, and was shut to allow a forensic search of the area to take place.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham lay wreathes in tribute to the victims. Credit: Pool

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, and members of the police laid wreathes to commemorate the victims of the attack as the station reopened early on Tuesday morning.

The reopening of the station comes just hours after a vigil was held in Manchester city centre for the attack, and a day after police appealed for information about a blue suitcase Abedi was carrying on the day of the attack.

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British Airways to resume full flight schedule

Some 75,000 passengers were affected by the IT crash. Credit: PA

British Airways has said it will operate a full flight schedule from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Tuesday, the first time it has done so in days after a global IT crash caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled and delayed.

However, the airline admitted a "significant number of customers" are still without their luggage following the disruption which began on Saturday and affected 75,000 passengers.

On Monday night, BA posted an update on its website saying: "We are continuing to make good progress in reuniting bags with customers around the world who were affected by the major IT systems failure on Saturday.

"Although we have already flown many bags to the correct airport, there is still some work to do and we know there are still significant numbers of customers who are yet to receive their luggage.

"We are very sorry for the frustration this situation is causing at a very busy time of year for holidays."

Earlier on Monday, BA's chief executive said the outsourcing of jobs was not to blame for a "catastrophic" IT failure.

Alex Cruz apologised "profusely" for the hardship caused to customers and insisted a similar incident would never happen again.

Manchester attack: Hundreds attend vigil one week on

Hundreds of people have paid an emotional tribute to the victims of the Manchester suicide bombing, exactly one week on from the attack.

People filled Manchester's St Ann's Square, which has become an unofficial memorial site for the 22 people killed and more than 100 injured in the blast, and stood in quiet contemplation, then at the time of the explosion they broke into applause.

Shortly after the applause at 10.31pm chants of "Manchester" and the singing of Oasis' Don't Look Back In Anger - the anthem of a city determined not to be defined by terrorism - broke the silence.

The vigil came as anti-terror police appealed for information about a blue suitcase bomber Salman Abedi was carrying on the day of the deadly attack.

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