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‘Potentially suspicious items’ found in Wigan during Manchester attack investigation


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‘Potentially suspicious items’ found in Wigan during Manchester attack investigation

British police say they have found potentially suspicious items at an address in Wigan during their investigation into the Manchester suicide bombing. The northern city lies some 38 km from the site of the explosion.

Nearby houses were evacuated for a period and bomb disposal units were called in. Residents were later allowed to return home, but Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins warned further disruption could lie ahead.

“I want to reassure people that the arrests that we have made are significant. And initial searches of premises have revealed items that we believe are very important to the investigation. These searches will take several days to complete. So as you would expect, there will be some localised disruption in and around those premises,” he told the press.

Twenty-two people lost their lives in the Manchester Arena blast and over 100 were injured. Eight people remain in police custody including one man who was arrested in Wigan, ahead of the raid on the property.