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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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Burnham hails Manchester 'spirit' as he condemns 'evil act'

Andy Burnham hailed the hundreds of emergency staff who worked through the night. Credit: PA

Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham has said the "spirit of Manchester" will hold the city together as he condemned the Manchester Arena blast as an "evil act".

Mr Burnham paid tribute to "the people of Manchester", saying: "Even in the minutes after the attack, they opened their doors to strangers and drove them away from danger.

"They gave the best possible immediate response to those who seek to divide us and it will be that spirit of Manchester that will prevail and hold us together."

Andy Burnham said Manchester was waking up to the 'most difficult of dawns' after its 'darkest night'.

He also thanked the hundreds of police and ambulance staff who "worked through the night in the most difficult circumstances imaginable".

Offering to support the victims and their families, Mr Burnham added: "It is hard to believe what has happened here. These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill."

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