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A look back at how Manchester commemorated the Arena attack

Well wishers are continuing to lay flowers in St. Ann's Square in Manchester following the city's commemorations of the anniversary of the Arena bomb attack.

A moving silence was observed by a crowd that wanted to show how much it cares for those who died at the Arena and those they left behind.

Elaine Willcox looks back on the events of last night, both uplifting and emotional.

Arena family's solicitor says delays in inquests could hamper response to similar attacks

A law firm says the families of the victims of the Manchester Arena bomb are being marginalised by delays to inquests into their deaths.

A senior coroner has said a full inquest can't take place while criminal investigations are ongoing into the attack.

A solicitor for one of the families affected says that delays could hamper the response to future attacks.


Man questioned on suspicion of murder in Preston

Police are questioning a man Credit: PA

Police are questioning a man on suspicion of murder after the death of a man in Preston.

35 year old Jonathan Palgrave was discovered at The Clifton Hotel in Fishergate Hill on Sunday.

He died later in hospital.

Two days before his death he'd been found outside the the hotel with a head injury.

We are following a number of lines of inquiry to try and establish what happened in the days before Jonathan died.

We would ask anyone who might have seen Jonathan or has any information about him to speak to us as we continue our investigation.

– Det Ch Insp Richard McCutcheon, Lancashire Police

Manchester Survivors Choir marking one year since Arena attack

A choir made up of parents and children who were caught up in the Manchester Arena bomb attack will be taking centre stage at the Manchester Together – With One Voice event being held in Albert Square.

Manchester Survivors Choir will add their voice to 3,500 singers from local choirs performing Ariana Grande’s “One Last Time”, “One Day Like This” by Elbow, “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis and “Never Forget” by Take That to mark the first anniversary of the attack.

Working with local band Prose the Survivors Choir is aiming to raise money for the those affected by the bomb.

Prose's Lee Royle says the Choir make the track come alive.


Hearts sent to Manchester from around the world to mark Arena anniversary

The hearts are are on display in St. Ann's Square Credit: GTV

Thousands of hearts have been sent from all over the world to help mark the first anniversary of the Manchester terror attack.

The colourful tributes, made from felt, paper, or knitted materials, have been sewn by strangers from as far afield as Australia and the USA.

The project is called “A Heart 4 Manchester”.

Organisers say they were contacted by people after the atrocity who just wanted to do something to show Manchester was in their hearts.

More than 7000 hearts are being left in St. Ann’s Square, and people visiting to remember the tragedy and being invited to take one home.

Thousands have arrived in Manchester from across the globe Credit: GTV
Visitors are being invited to take one home Credit: GTV
Organisers say that people wanted to show that Manchester was in their hearts Credit: GTV

Fish return to the River Medlock after £250k restoration project

Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency say fish have returned to a stretch of the River Medlock in Greater Manchester after a major project to transform it back into its natural state.

Juvenile Brown Trout have been found at Clayton Vale following a quarter of a million pound project which began five years ago.

The increased presence of fish is seen as particularly encouraging as the Environment Agency and Manchester City Council are also installing baffles in the rivers to further help fish move up and down the river.

Children as young as nine treated for post traumatic stress after Arena bombing

Nearly a year after 22 people were killed by the bomb at the Manchester Arena it's been revealed children as young as nine are still being treated for post traumatic stress.

And many people left traumatised say they're having to rely on charities for psychological support rather than the NHS.

One GP, whose stepson was killed in the attack, says he and his wife are having to fund their own treatment with money they've raised themselves. Meanwhile, the Warrington Peace Foundation charity say they've seen a 600% increase in calls since.

Sarah Rogers has been to meet those struggling to cope, one year on:

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