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Artist to work on a series of paintings in memory of the Manchester attack victims

St Anne's Square became one of the places that defined a city's reflection in the days after the horrors of the Manchester Arena bomb attack.

Thousands of people left flowers, ballons and teddy bears, and thousands more came to stand and reflect.

The artist Elton Darlo was there every day, watching and sketching some of those moving scenes in the square. Now he's working on a series of paintings in memory of those who died.

Andrew Fletcher went to meet him.


Man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences released without charge

Police outside the Manchester Arena after the 22 May suicide bombing. Credit: Press Association

A 19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences, in connection with the investigation into the attack at Manchester Arena, has been released without charge.

The search at the property on Thelwall Avenue in Fallowfield has concluded and cordons have been lifted.

Liverpool fans warned against using smoke bombs

Liverpool FC is warning fans not to take fireworks and smoke bombs to games Credit: Press Association

Liverpool have warned fans they will ban anyone who lets off smoke bombs and other "pyrotechnic devices" at matches.

This season there have been frequent episodes of canisters being opened at away games, sending plumes of red smoke into the stadiums.

It is not a trend purely limited to Liverpool fans but the Merseyside club have called for their supporters to cease or risk the prospect of exclusion.

"As the Reds prepare to take on Newcastle on Saturday the club is reminding its travelling fans that smoke bombs, flares and other pyrotechnic devices are not allowed in any Premier League football grounds," said a statement on

"A number of incidents have been reported recently that a minority of Liverpool fans have been behaving inappropriately during our away fixtures and using these illegal devices.

"If a person is identified behaving inappropriately at away grounds then the club will have no option but to ban the individuals concerned from future matches.

"LFC encourages all away fans to respect the values of the club and stop taking these flares and fireworks to matches."

Man arrested in connection with explosion at a house in Bolton.

A man has been arrested in connection with an explosion at a house in Bolton.

Shortly after 1.20pm on Sunday, police were called by the North West Ambulance Service, who had received reports a man had suffered serious injury to his hand.

Officers attended and discovered a 26-year-old man had suffered a serious hand injury during an explosion at a house on Lea Gate.

A number of neighbouring houses were evacuated as a precaution while a search was carried out by bomb disposal experts.

Police also searched two properties in Tonge Moor.

No explosive items were found at any of the addresses.

The injured man was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries, which are not life threatening.

He has been arrested on suspicion of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or property and remains in a stable condition in hospital.

"I appreciate that given the nature of this incident and the impact it had on those living on Lea Gate there will be some concern among residents, but I want to reiterate that this was an isolated incident and there was not and is not any threat to the wider community.

“We are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to this incident and if anyone has any information that can assist I would urge them to get in touch.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Jackson