Manchester police arrest man, 25, in bomb probe

Camille Rivera
May 29, 2017

Counter-terror officers stormed addresses in Gorton, Rusholme and Moss Side and explosions were reported at several of the searches, but police would not comment on whether controlled blasts were used to gain entry.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Theresa May lowered the threat level from its highest rating "critical", meaning an attack could be imminent, to "severe".

Britain is still looking for other suspects in the May 22 bombing at an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 people.

"Manchester has come together this week and it is important we continue to stand together, particularly in relation to hate-filled views that have no place in Greater Manchester", said Ian Hopkins, the city's police chief.

Georgina Callander's family said the 18-year-old's life had been cut short by "evil, evil men prepared to ruin lives and destroy families".

Most of the searches and arrests since Monday night's bombing have been in multi-ethnic south Manchester, where Abedi - the son of Libyan parents - was born and raised.

"What we do know, in engaging with the intelligence services and with the police and with the Border Force, we make sure that they have the tools to track them and to keep them out where we can", Rudd said of those who may have be aiming to return to Britain. The straps of a backpack are visible on his shoulders.

Earlier, thousands of runners took part in the Great Manchester Run and a vigil for the victims was held in Wakefield Cathedral.

"I believe we can get them to be more successful in working with us to find a way of getting some of that information".

At a press conference at the G7 summit in Sicily on Friday, Mrs May said: "Yes, I did raise the issue of leaks of information that have been shared by the police with the Federal Bureau of Investigation with President Trump".

Abedi was known to United Kingdom security services, but his risk to the public remained "subject to review", according to reports.

"But I would not rush to conclusions, as you seem to be, that they have somehow missed something".

Three people were arrested - and quickly de-arrested - during the afternoon's operation at Quantock Street, Moss Side, leading them to post an outraged sign on their front door.

"It is really important for us all to remember that acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people and those people do not represent the public", West Midlands Police said in a statement.

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