Manchester bomber: Police appeal to find suitcase as station reopens

Manchester Victoria railway station has reopened a week after the suicide bombing which killed 22 people and left more than 100 injured.

The reopening of the station comes just hours after a vigil was held in Manchester city centre for the victims of the attack, and a day after police appealed for information about a blue suitcase bomber Salman Abedi was carrying on the day of the attack.

Here is the latest on the investigation:

  • 14 men are in custody in connection with the bombing, which killed 22 people
  • Detectives have also been searching a landfill site in Bury in connection with the attack
  • MI5 has launched two inquiries into 'missed warnings' over the Manchester bomber
  • Of the more than 100 injured, 50 remain in hospital
  • The UK's terror threat has now been reduced from critical to severe

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Manchester Victoria station reopens after terror attack

A tribute inside the station. Credit: Pool

Manchester Victoria railway station has reopened a week after the suicide bombing which killed 22 people and left more than 100 injured.

The station is attached to Manchester Arena, the site of the bombing carried out by 22-year-old Salman Abedi, and was shut to allow a forensic search of the area to take place.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham lay wreathes in tribute to the victims. Credit: Pool

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, and members of the police laid wreathes to commemorate the victims of the attack as the station reopened early on Tuesday morning.

The reopening of the station comes just hours after a vigil was held in Manchester city centre for the attack, and a day after police appealed for information about a blue suitcase Abedi was carrying on the day of the attack.

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Manchester attack: Hundreds attend vigil one week on

Hundreds of people have paid an emotional tribute to the victims of the Manchester suicide bombing, exactly one week on from the attack.

People filled Manchester's St Ann's Square, which has become an unofficial memorial site for the 22 people killed and more than 100 injured in the blast, and stood in quiet contemplation, then at the time of the explosion they broke into applause.

Shortly after the applause at 10.31pm chants of "Manchester" and the singing of Oasis' Don't Look Back In Anger - the anthem of a city determined not to be defined by terrorism - broke the silence.

The vigil came as anti-terror police appealed for information about a blue suitcase bomber Salman Abedi was carrying on the day of the deadly attack.

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Manchester bombing: Two homes searched

A 23-year-old man was arrested in Shoreham-by-Sea in connection with the attack. Credit: PA

Two properties are being searched in Manchester and Chester in connection with the suicide attack following an Ariana Grande Concert.

The Manchester property being searched is in the Whalley Range area of the city.

Police gave no further details on the search of the Chester home.

No arrests have been made and the searches are ongoing.

News of the searches come after a 23-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, in connection with the attack.

Manchester bombing: 23-year-old man arrested

There has been an increased police presence across the country since the attack. Credit: PA

Police have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the Manchester suicide bombing.

The man was arrested on suspicion of terror offences in the early hours of Monday morning at an address in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex.

Police remain at the property.

A total of 16 people have now been arrested in connection with the investigation.

Two people have been released without charge, but 14 men remain in custody for questioning.

Manchester bombing: 19-year-old man arrested

Police at the scene of searches in Rusholme on Sunday. Credit: ITV News

Police have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the Manchester suicide bombing.

It follows searches at addresses in Gorton and Rusholme on Sunday evening and takes the number of people arrested in connection with the attack to 15, of which 13 men remain in custody.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "Officers carrying out searches at addresses in Gorton and Rusholme this evening have arrested a 19-year-old man at the Gorton address on suspicion of offences contrary to the terrorism act."

Earlier, a 25-year-old man was arrested in the Old Trafford area and searches were taking place in Moss Side.

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