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 …

Manchester Arena Inquiry: Six wanted for questioning over bombing

Six people are wanted for questioning by detectives investigating the Manchester Arena bombing, a legal document has revealed. The parents of the brothers responsible for the atrocity are both suspects, as are two associates. One of the associates, who was Read More …

Manchester Arena bombing: Guilty plea to fraud charges over precursor chemicals bought on Amazon

A man has pleaded guilty to fraud in relation to chemicals bought by the brother of the Manchester Arena bomber. Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that Yahya Werfalli’s bank details were used to buy hydrogen peroxide on Amazon. The chemicals were Read More …

Manchester Arena bombing inquiry hears man ‘fobbed off’ by security when he warned about suicide attacker

Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi was challenged by a member of the public shortly before he detonated the bomb that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert three years ago. The details of the confrontation emerged as a public Read More …

Salman and Hashem Abedi: The brothers who bombed Manchester

So how did Salman and Hashem Abedi come to attack the city they’d grown up in by bombing an Ariana Grande concert in 2017? The trial of Hashem Abedi has given us many of the details but still not the Read More …

UK: One year after an attempted murder in Bolton police investigating want to speak to this man

Greater Manchester Police have released an e-fit one year after an attempted murder in Bolton. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Clitherow, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “It has been one year since the Bolton area saw two shocking incidents which Read More …

Manchester: Wilmslow Road shut off as bomb squad carry out ‘controlled explosion’

Police evacuated several properties after receiving reports of a ‘suspicious item’ in Rusholme today. Officers closed Wilmslow Road at its junctions with Claremont Road and Dickenson Road following the discovery this afternoon. People were being asked to avoid the area. Read More …