Army and bomb disposal team called to incident in Manchester

Elias Hubbard
May 25, 2017

Police have arrested two more persons and are searching a new site in Manchester which is suspected of links to the bombing that killed 22 people at a pop concert.

A suspicious package which prompted an alert in Hulme has been deemed safe, Greater Manchester Police said.

It said roads including Mancunian Way, Linby Street and Jackson Street in the Hulme area were were closed and officers were "currently assessing the situation". These searches are connected to Monday's attack on the Manchester Arena.

Earlier there were reports that the police hunting the terror network behind the Manchester Arena bombing have stopped passing information to the United States as a major information was today reported in New York Times, a report said.

The arrests came after detectives carried out a controlled explosion as they searched a property in the Moss Side area of Manchester in the early hours of Thursday. A woman was arrested late Wednesday but was later released without charge.

Speaking Thursday afternoon, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said of the search: "You will be aware that officers are now responding to an incident in Hulme, in Manchester".

A police cordon was set up and people have been moved away from the area.

As police raced to uncover the network that may have helped Abedi attack an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night, furious British officials blamed USA authorities Thursday for leaking details of the investigation to the media.

The apparent shift comes after Britain's National Police Chiefs' Council warned Wednesday that leaks of potential evidence "undermine our investigations" and Rudd said she had made it clear that leaks "should not happen again".

The leaks have opened a diplomatic row as the United Kingdom officials are said to be "furious" that their investigation was compromised when photos appearing to show debris from the attack appeared in the New York Times.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would discuss the leaks with President Donald Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

The prime minister, who will meet the U.S. president at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels on Thursday, said the UK's threat level would remain at critical. British security forces raided an apartment building Wednesday in central Manchester as they investigated "a ne".

Twelve children under the age of 16 were taken to the hospital by ambulance following Monday night's attack, which saw 22 people in total killed and dozens more injured.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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