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UK terror threat reduced from critical to severe

The UK's terror threat level has been reduced from critical to severe, Theresa May has said.

This means the likelihood of an attack is highly likely rather than imminent.

Operation Temperer, which allows the military to be deployed to key sites, will continue until the end of the Bank Holiday, the Prime Minister said.

Speaking after a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee, Mrs May said the decision had been taken after "a significant amount of police activity" over the last 24 hours.

She said: "The public should be clear about what this means - a threat level of severe means an attack is highly likely. The country should remain vigilant."


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Ariana Grande is coming back to Manchester

Credit: PA

Pop star Ariana Grande has said she will return to the 'incredibly brave' city of Manchester to play a benefit concert for the victims of the Arena attack.

The 23-year-old singer, from Florida, tweeted a moving message to her 46 million followers saying she would be back to 'spend time with my fans'.

22 people were killed by a suicide bomber just after Ariana finished her show at the Manchester Arena on Monday night - and the singer has previously said the experience has left her 'broken'.

  • Here's the full text of Ariana's statement.

My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are the with the victims of the Manchester attack and their loved ones.

There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better.

However, I extend my hand and heart in everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.

The only thing we can do now is choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from here on out.

I have been thinking of my fans, and of you all, non stop over the past week. The way you have handled all of this has been more inspiring and made me more proud than you'll ever know.

The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you've shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday.

YOU are the opposite.

I am sorry for the pain and fear that you must be feeling and for the trauma that you, too, must be experiencing.

We will never be able to understand why events like this take place because it is not in our nature, which is why we shouldn't recoil.

We will not quit or operate in fear.

We won't let this divide us.

We won't let hate win.

I don't want to go the rest of the year without being able so see and hold and uplift my fans, the same way they continue to uplift me.

Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.

I'll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honour of and to raise money for the victims and their families.

I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be a part of our expression of love for Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed.

From the day we started putting the Dangerous Woman Tour together, I said that this showm, more than anything else, was intended to be a safe space for my fans. A place for them to escape to, to celebrate, to heal, to feel safe and to be themselves. To meet their friends they've made online. To express themselves.

This will not change that.

When you look into the audience at my shows you see a beautiful, diverse, pure, happy crowd.

Thousands of people, incredibly different, all there for the same reason, music.

Music is something that everyone on Earth can share.

Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy.

So that is what it will continue to do for us.

We will continue in honour of the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy.

They will be on my mind and in my heart every day and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.


– Ariana Grande


Victoria Gate shopping centre Yorkshire's 'building of the year'

Victoria Gate Credit: RIBA

The Victoria Gate shopping centre in Leeds has been named Yorkshire's Building of the Year at a prestigious architecture awards.

The Royal Institute of British Architects named the £165m centre, which opened last year, the overall winner at its ceremony in Hull last night.

An M&S food hall in Northallerton was also recognised.

M&S food hall, Northallerton Credit: RIBA

Seven other buildings also received awards.

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