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Children try and make sense of Manchester horror

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Penny Marshall

People of all ages are trying to make some kind of sense of the events after 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber in Manchester.

There have been specialist assemblies and classes across Manchester to try and help children to come to terms with the tragedy.

"I think we were all united, I feel like it's really sad," one child said as they were encouraged to speak out.

Colin Parry's son Tim was killed in an IRA bomb aged 12 in 1993. He now runs a centre for the victims of terror attacks.

He said people "have to continue with their lives, there's no other choice".

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Man 'with suspicious package' arrested in Wigan

Armed police tackled a man to the ground in Wigan as detectives made their fifth arrest in connection with the Manchester bombing.

Witnesses say the man was detained in Upper Dicconson Street after he was seen with a suspicious package.

The town centre was in lockdown as officers carrying automatic weapons carried out the raid.

Police at the scene in Wigan where a man was arrested. Credit: Twitter / @JunM85

Photos shared on social media appeared to show him being led away by plain clothes officers with their faces covered wearing black police caps.

Greater Manchester Police said: "We have made an arrest in Wigan this afternoon in connection with the investigation into the horrific incident at Manchester Arena.

"The man was carrying a package which we are currently assessing, a police cordon remains in place while this is carried out."

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Minute's silence announced for Manchester victims

A vigil was held for the attack victims in Manchester on Tuesday. Credit: PA

A minute's silence will be held across the UK at 11am on Thursday for the victims of the Manchester Arena suicide attack.

The government confirmed the nation will pause for those killed, injured or affected by the atrocity after the Ariana Grande concert on Monday night.

The timing will also mark the resumption of local election campaigning, before the paused national campaigning starts again on Friday.

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Attacker's brother 'knew of blast' and was plotting terror

Hashem Abedi has been arrested in Tripoli. Credit: Libyan security forces

The younger brother of Manchester suicide attacker, who has been arrested in Tripoli, was "aware of all the details" of the attack and was planning a "terrorist act" in the Libyan capital, Libyan security officials have said.

The nation's counter-terrorism force said Salman Abedi's brother Hashem travelled to Libya from the UK on April 16.

ITV News Security Editor Rohit Kachroo earlier said he had been held by counter-terrorism police on suspicion of links to so-called Islamic State.

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Off-duty police officer among Manchester attack victims

Chief constable Ian Hopkins confirmed the serving officer's death. Credit: ITV News

An off-duty police officer has been confirmed as one of the victims of the Manchester Arena suicide attack.

The death of a serving officer follows that of PC Keith Palmer who died defending the Houses of Parliament in March's Westminster terror attack.

Police Federation of England and Wales chair Steve White said: "Once again the service has been rocked by the devastating news that a member of the police family has lost their life because of the murderous actions of a terrorist.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of everybody affected at this difficult time.”

Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins also confirmed the death but said police would not be releasing further information at this stage.

Relatives still waiting for news of missing loved ones

Relatives across the region are still waiting to hear news of their missing loved ones.

Wendy Fawell and Courtney Boyle Credit: ITV Yorkshire

They include mother Wendy Fawell who is from Otley and Courtney Boyle, a student at Leeds Beckett University. Books of condolence have been opened in Bradford and Sheffield.

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