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And that concludes our coverage of the aftermath of the atrocious events in Manchester.

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Uefa has just announced there will be a minute's silence ahead of tomorrow night's Europa League Final in Stockholm and the opening ceremony will be reduced out of respect.

The change will mean Swedish artist Axwell / Ingorsso will now not be performing.

Manchester United are due to face Ajax in the cup final. Their players have already observed a minute's silence for the victims of the attack during a training session.

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Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney stands with teammates as they observe a minute's silence for the victims of yesterday's terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images


Full statement from Hopkins:

Can I start by once again passing on our heartfelt sympathies to all the innocent people caught up in last night's despicable act.

We now have a team of specially-trained Family Liaison Officers who are supporting families.

There has been much speculation and names of those who may have been killed in the media and social media. We accept that this is inevitable however we ask that people allow the police and coroner to release the names once the families are ready and appropriately supported.

As you would expect the police response to this across Greater Manchester has been significant as we support people to go about their daily business.

Part of this response has seen us arrest a 23-year-old man in connection with the attack and we have also carried out two warrants, one in Whalley Range and one in Fallowfield that included a controlled explosion to enable safe entry.

We understand that feelings are very raw right now and people are bound to be looking for answers. However, now, more than ever, it is vital that our diverse communities in Greater Manchester stand together and do not tolerate hate.

We have been visited by the Prime Minster and Home Secretary and we have taken them through the emergency response so far and what we plan to do in future days.

I can confirm that the man suspected of carrying out last night's atrocity has been named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. However, he has not yet been formally identified and I wouldn't wish, therefore, to comment further.

The priority remains to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.


Greater Manchester Police have now named the suspect as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, but added he has not formally be identified by the by the coroner.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins also said the force will not tolerate any hatred in the wake of last night's attack and said is "vital" that Manchester's diverse community stand together.

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A man writes a message on the pavement in central Manchester Reuters


Elsewhere, Politico are reporting that one of the men arrested in Manchester in the wake of the terror attack is one of Abedi's brothers.


Suspected Manchester attacker named by Press Association as Salman Abedi, citing US officials briefed British authorities.

The Telegraph has more information regarding the suspect. He was born in 1994 and is the second youngest of four children. His parents are reported Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime.

Our full story can be read here:


Police have urged the public to send pictures and videos of the blast to help with the investigation.

Footage posted on Twitter by a user appears to show yesterday's explosion.


Prime Minister Theresa May is in Greater Manchester this afternoon. She met police forces to discuss ongoing investigations into yesterday's attack, which she defined "barbaric".

"It is an absolutely barbaric attack that has taken place to cut off young lives in this way, and it is absolutely devastating. Our thoughts and prays must be with their families and friends at this horrendous tragedy that has taken place," May said.

"The police and others will of course be looking at the security of venues to ensure that people can continue to enjoy summer events feeling secure. What is clear is that we are ensuring that the resources are available for the police to do the job that they do."

In a public address earlier today, May said authorities believe they know the identity of the lone attacker, but they will not be releasing his name at this stage.


More details on tonight's vigil at Albert Square:


Prince Charles has issued a statement following yesterday's attack, saying he was "profoundly shocked".

"My wife and I were so profoundly shocked to learn of the truly dreadful event which took place in Manchester last night," he said. "That such a large number of people, including so many young concert-goers, lost their lives or have suffered so much in this appalling atrocity is deeply distressing and fills us with intense sadness.

"Words cannot adequately express what so many families must be feeling at this incredibly difficult time and our most heartfelt sympathy is with all those who have so tragically lost loved ones or who have been affected in some way."


The Scottish parliament has held a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of last night's attack.


It is believed some Polish citizens could be among the victims of the blast, according to reports.


Transport trade union RMT has called off a strike planned for next week, following the suicide bombing attack in Manchester.

Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said in a statement: "In light of the horrific bombing in Manchester last night, and the heightened safety and security alerts on our transport services, RMT's executive has taken the decision to suspend the 24 hours of strike action scheduled for Tuesday 30th May on Merseyrail, Northern Rail and Southern Rail. Our thoughts and solidarity at this time are with the people of Manchester."


A 26-year-old man has been identified as one of the victims of the Manchester blast, according to local media. It is believed that John Atkinson, from the town of Radcliffe, was leaving the Ariana Grande concert when he was targeted by the explosion, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Friends and family have described him as an "amazing young man".


Pope Francis has condemned the Manchester attack in a telegram.

"His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the barbaric attack in Manchester, and he expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence," read the telegram, according to the Vatican's official website.

"He commends the generous efforts of the emergency and security personnel, and offers the assurance of his prayers for the injured, and for all who have died. Mindful in a particular way of those children and young people who have lost their lives, and of their grieving families, Pope Francis invokes God's blessings of peace, healing and strength upon the nation," the telegram continued.

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A file photo of Pope Francis during the blessing of the candles ceremony from the Chapel of the Apparitions in May 2017 Tony Gentile/Reuters


Greater Manchester Police said that a controlled explosion has been carried out at an address in Fallowfield as part of the investigation into last night's terror attack.

Earlier, a Guardian journalist reported that armed police carried out raids on flats in Chorlton. Both areas are in the south of Manchester.

Theresa May previously said police believe they know the identification of the suspect responsible for killing 22 people, including children.


It is now confirmed that eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos is one of the 22 people who died in the attack at Manchester Arena.

The family of the primary school girl launched a huge appeal after she went missing following the blast. She was at the gig with her mum Lisa Roussos and sister Ashlee Bromwich, who were both taken to hospital with shrapnel injures.

Full story here:

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Saffie Rose Roussos is the second person to have been confirmed to have died in the attack Facebook


The North West Ambulance Service has given an update following last night's attack.

They have confirmed that 12 of the people who were taken to hospital following the blast are children under the age of 16.


Here we have an heartbreaking video from mother Charlotte Campbell, who has not heard from her 15-year-old daughter Olivia since she went to attend the Arian Grande concert last night.

Manchester attacker was 'sick' says tearful mother in plea for missing daughter ITN


The BBC are reporting that the youngest victim of the attack is of primary school age. This has not yet been confirmed by any authorities.


Isis has claimed responsibility for the Manchester Arena attack. The claim was made via its messaging app Telegram.

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Andrew Parker, director general of MI5, said the agency are "revolted and disgusted" by the attack.

He added: "Everyone at MI5 is revolted by the disgusting terrorist attack in Manchester last night. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, the injured and everyone affected by it.

Our teams have been working with the police through the night to assist the investigation. We remain relentlessly focused, in numerous current operations, on doing all we can to combat the scourge of terrorism and keep the country safe."

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Two women wrapped in thermal blankets stand near the Manchester Arena, where Ariana Grande had been performing Andrew Yates/Reuters


Police are now advising all local residents to stay away from the city centre while they deal with the aftermath of the attack.

The warning follows on from a 23-year-old man being arrested by armed police in connection with the attack and the nearby Arndale centre being evacuated following a separate incident.


The Queen has paid tribute to all those who died in what she described as an "act of barbarity".

The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert.

I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.

I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.

And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.

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