Category: Manchester

Ariana Grande sings emotional rendition of “Over the Rainbow” to…

Ariana Grande sings emotional rendition of “Over the Rainbow” to close Manchester tribute show

Ariana Grande visited Manchester attack survivors in the…

Ariana Grande visited Manchester attack survivors in the hospital

  • Ariana Grande on Friday night surprised fans injured at the terrorist attackthat occurred during her show May 22 at Manchester Arena in England by visiting them in the hospital.
  • “It was unbelievable,” Lauren Thorpe told CNN. Thorpe’s 8-year-old daughter Lily was wounded by shrapnel in her back during the attack. She’s currently in recovery. 
  • Thorpe said Grande brought everyone a sunflower and a teddy bear. Read more. (6/3/17, 10:51 AM)

Concert security in the wake of Manchester Arena bombing: “We…

Concert security in the wake of Manchester Arena bombing: “We can’t keep you 100% safe”

  • “In terms of large, structural changes, in terms of how people go in and out of these facilities, I don’t imagine there are going to be huge changes,”  Brian Nussbaum, a former employee of the New York State Office of Counterterrorism, said in a phone interview.
  • The modern concert arena is already a fortress, surrounded by several rings of security, metal detectors and bomb-sniffing and vapor wake dogs, whose noses can follow the scents of hazardous chemicals like a trail of breadcrumbs. 
  • Venues have been making great strides when it comes to tightening their security protocols, a direction that’s become frighteningly necessary following a number of violent attacks.
  • That space is the “staging area,” Mark Herrera, member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Public Facilities Subsector Council, said. “That’s where attackers stage,“ Herrera said. “That’s where heavy focus needs to be — in that outer layer.” Read more (6/1/17)

Police release photos of Manchester bombing suspect Salman Abedi…

Police release photos of Manchester bombing suspect Salman Abedi on night of attack

  • British authorities have released a photo of Salman Abedi, the man they say was responsible for a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert, which left 22 dead and 150 others injured.
  • According to the Manchester Evening News, forensic teams had identified Abedi as the primary suspect within “two hours” of the attack, a suicide bombing that triggered waves of panic and a human stampede at Manchester Arena. 
  • The paper added police say they have gathered reams of information about Abedi, “his associates, his finances, the places he had been, and how the device was built and the wider conspiracy” surrounding the attack but have not released the findings yet. Read more. (5/27/17, 6:15 PM)

Ariana Grande breaks silence on Manchester attack: “We…

Ariana Grande breaks silence on Manchester attack: “We won’t let hate win”

  • Ariana Grande released a statement on the deadly bombing at her concert on Monday night at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, telling the families of the victims, “We will not quit or operate in fear.”
  • “There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better,” Grande wrote in a statement posted to Twitter on Friday. “However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.”
  • Grande also announced Friday she would return to Manchester to perform a benefit concert for the victims of the attack, and posted a link to a British Red Cross-partnered JustGiving account that fans could use to donate to the families of those killed or injured. Read more (5/26/17)

A crowd in Manchester burst into song while attending a vigil…

A crowd in Manchester burst into song while attending a vigil for the Ariana Grande concert victims.The spontaneous chorus sang Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger. 

UK tattoo parlors are being overbooked for bee tattoos to honor…

UK tattoo parlors are being overbooked for bee tattoos to honor Manchester attack victims

  • British locals have been flooding into tattoo parlors to get bee tattoos in the aftermath of Monday’s deadly terrorist attack at a Manchester, England Ariana Grande concert.
  • The worker bee has long been Manchester’s sigil of sorts, a symbol of the city’s working class history during the Industrial Revolution.
  • The worker bee is also featured prominently on the crest of the city’s coat of arms as a symbol of Mancunians’ industriousness, according to BBC.
  • The bee symbol is featured prominently in Manchester. Read more (5/25/17)

Manchester police stop sharing information on attack with U.S….

Manchester police stop sharing information on attack with U.S. following leaks

  • Inability to keep sensitive information under wraps has prompted U.K. police to stop sharing evidence from its investigation into the Manchester bombing with the United States, according to the Guardian.
  • The decision follows the New York Times’ publication of forensic photos on Wednesday, reportedly enraging British authorities. The images showed shrapnel, shreds of a backpack and a mangled battery.
  • A national counterterrorism spokesperson told the Guardian that the U.K. “greatly value[s]” its international intelligence relationships, and “when that trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families.” Read more (5/25/17)

Trump launches search to find intelligence leakers

  • Trump on Thursday announced a Justice Department inquiry to find the people leaking sensitive and classified information to the press.
  • “The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security,” Trump said in a statement. 
  • “I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” Read more (5/25/17 12 PM)

micdotcom: Three more arrested in Manchester attack Police…

micdotcom:

Three more arrested in Manchester attack

  • Police arrested three more men tied to the suicide bombing at a concert arena in Manchester, England, that killed 22 and injured more than 100 others, the Associated Press reported.
  • The arrests came a day after police arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester, alleged to be tied to the attack.
  • police are still determining whether Salman Abedi acted alone as they assess the threat of another attack. Read more (5/24/17)

Update: 5th suspect arrested carrying package, police say

  • On Wednesday, a fifth suspect was arrested in connection to the deadly Manchester, England, bombing, British police told the Associated Press.
  • Officers told the AP that the man had been arrested in the town of Wigan, and that authorities were in the process of investigating a package the suspect had been carrying. Read more (5/24/17 2 PM)

Remembering the Manchester victims and their livesThe names,…

Remembering the Manchester victims and their lives

  • The names, identities and other details are pouring in about the 22 people killed in England’s Monday night Manchester Arena terror attack following an Ariana Grande concert.
  • Parents, women and several children were also among those killed.
  • This is a running list of those killed in the attack and details about their lives. Read more (5/24/17 12 PM)