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Soldiers seen at Parliament after terror threat raised

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

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

Armed troops are being deployed to guard "key locations" such as Buckingham Palace and Downing Street after the prime minister raised the threat level, putting Operation Temperer into action.

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

A solider stands guard with armed police. 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.

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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.

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.

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