Manchester Arena terror attack: Man arrested in Liverpool John Lennon Airport in connection with bombing

The 19-year-old is being held under the Terrorism Act as a property in Fallowfield is searched

Jon Sharman
Friday 07 July 2017 16:59
Memorial candles are seen during a vigil on St Ann’s Square in Manchester after the attack
Memorial candles are seen during a vigil on St Ann’s Square in Manchester after the attack

A man has been arrested in connection with the Manchester Arena terror attack.

The 19-year-old was arrested at Liverpool John Lennon airport on suspicion of offences contrary to the Terrorism Act and remains in custody, Greater Manchester Police said.

A property on Thelwall Avenue in Fallowfield is being searched as part of the investigation.

Police said that, as it stands, 23 people have been arrested in connection with the investigation, of whom two were quickly de-arrested, and 20 were released without charge.

Anti-terror officers have already said police suspect suicide bomber Salman Abedi did not act alone and detectives want to speak to his brother in Libya.

Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson, head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said earlier this week that while detectives do not now think Abedi was part of a large network, they do suspect the involvement of others in the attack which had been planned for months.

He said officers were “engaged” with the authorities in war-torn Libya where Abedi’s brother, Hashem, is currently being held.

Mr Jackson said: “We don’t have evidence of a large network. We do however suspect others were either aware or complicit in the knowledge of this attack.”

And he did not rule out further arrests.

Abedi killed 22 people when he detonated a bomb in the foyer of Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in May.