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People invited to lay flowers at the Monument in Newcastle

People are being invited to lay flowers at the foot of the Monument for the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

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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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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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