UK: Bomb squad carried out controlled explosion on a ‘suspicious device’ in Rochdale

A huge blast echoed across Rochdale town centre this morning as the bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion on a ‘suspicious device’. A heavy emergency services response was sparked after the item was discovered at around 3am. A large Read More …

UK: Police anti-terror IT system was ‘not fit for purpose’ – former officer

A key intelligence database used by police to investigate extremists was “not fit for purpose” when introduced in 2014, a former counter-terrorism officer has told the BBC. The officer, who retired in 2018, says the National Common Intelligence Application (NCIA) Read More …

UK: MI5 had intelligence Manchester Arena bomber posed threat, inquiry told

MI5 had enough intelligence to regard Salman Abedi as a threat to national security and open an investigation before he bombed the Manchester Arena, killing 22 people and injuring hundreds of others, an inquiry has heard. The Security Service was Read More …

UK: Manchester Arena security continually reviewed after bomb, inquiry hears

Security improvements have been made at Manchester Arena since the terror attack nearly five years ago and are “continually reviewed”, a public inquiry has heard. Arena operators SMG and security firm Showsec were criticised in the first report published by Read More …

UK: Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi was misogynist who had ‘very bad’ and ‘disrespectful’ attitude towards women

The Manchester Arena bomber was a misogynist who beat up a girl at college for wearing a short skirt, and chose to target young girls at a concert because of his hatred for women, an inquiry has heard. Misogyny should Read More …

Manchester Arena Inquiry: Bomber ‘should have been identified as a threat’

Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi should have been identified as a threat on the night of the atrocity by those in charge of security, a public inquiry into the 2017 attack has found. Inquiry chairman Sir John Saunders found Read More …

Manchester Arena inquiry: Live exercise before bombing was ‘catastrophic failure’

A live counter-terrorism exercise a year before the Manchester Arena bombing was a “catastrophic failure” and would have led to even more loss of life had it been real, the inquiry has heard. Firefighters and paramedics did not turn up Read More …

Manchester Arena inquiry: People were ‘let down’ on night of attack, police admit

British Transport Police (BTP) “let people down” on the night of the Manchester Arena attack when officers left the foyer where the bomb was set off unguarded, a senior officer has admitted. No police officer was in the City Room Read More …

UK: Man jailed for downloading Islamic State terror videos

A man has been jailed for downloading Islamic State group material, including bomb-making videos and a video showing two men being killed with a knife. Ataubaq Taj, 34, of Hacking Street, Salford was sentenced to six years when he appeared Read More …