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MANCHESTER UPDATE: People being urged to avoid city centre

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People are being urged to avoid Manchester city centre to allow emergency services to continue to work at the scene of last night’s incident at Manchester Arena.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins in a statement said: “This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see.

“Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives. Our thoughts are with those 22 victims that we now know have died, the 59 people who have been injured and their loved ones. We continue to do all we can to support them. They are being treated at eight hospitals across Greater Manchester.

“This is a fast-moving investigation and we have significant resources deployed to both the investigation and the visible patrols that people will see across Greater Manchester as they wake up to news of the events last night. This will include armed officers as people would expect. More than 400 officers have been involved in this operation during the night.

“To remind you, we were called at 10.33pm to reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert. More than 240 calls came in and emergency services were very quickly on scene. Emergency numbers have been established for anyone who is concerned for loved ones who may not have returned home 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900.

“We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe, at this stage, the attack last night was conducted by one man. The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.

“The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena. We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated causing this atrocity.

“We would ask people not to speculate on his details or to share names. There is a complex and wide ranging investigation underway.

“Our priority is to work with the National Counter Terrorist Policing Network and UK intelligence services to establish more details about the individual who carried out this attack.

“We have received tremendous support from across the police services and partner agencies throughout the night.

“We regularly carry out exercises to test our ability to respond to such incidents and this has ensured a very swift response from local and national agencies. I want to thank all those members of the emergency services and other agencies who have worked tirelessly through the night in very difficult circumstances. Their response has been outstanding.

“There remains a large cordon in place around Manchester Arena and Victoria Train Station which will be in place for some time. The station will remain closed while a detailed forensic search is underway. People should plan their route to work and follow Transport for Greater Manchester for updates on social media.

“Terrorists attempt to disrupt our lives and create distrust and fear in communities. We have a long history in Greater Manchester of communities standing together during difficult times. In the coming days we will be working closely with community leaders to address any issues.

“It is important that we all continue to remain vigilant, but also to go about our daily lives. We would ask people to be alert and report any suspicious activity to police on the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789321 or dialling 999.

“As people are waking up to this tragic news on what is a sad day for Greater Manchester, the officers and staff from Greater Manchester Police and the other emergency services will continue to do all they can to help get us through the difficult days ahead.”

If you have any images or footage from last night that you believe can assist us then upload them to Ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or Ukpoliceimageappeal.com

 

22 confirmed dead after IS-claimed suicide bomber targets Ariana Grande concert

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Hallowheelies: Motorbike gang rips up Leeds’ streets on the spookiest night of the year

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HARLEY-OWEEN: A gang of bikers and quadbikers rampaged through Leeds’ streets this Halloween, with zero regard for pedestrians (Photo cred: Oli Grandidge’s Facebook)

HARLEY-OWEEN: A gang of bikers and quadbikers rampaged through Leeds’ streets this Halloween, with zero regard for pedestrians (Photo cred: Oli Grandidge’s Facebook)

A Leeds councillor has called for stricter legislation to be implemented on off road vehicles, after a gang of hundreds tore up and down pedestrianised areas of the city centre on Halloween.

In scenes which were more suited to Hollywood film sets of ‘The Purge’ or ‘Mad Max’, gangs of people on motorbikes, scooters and quad bikes terrorised people on Briggate and Kirkstall Road.

Shocked witnesses posted videos on social media, describing the scenes as ‘utter chaos’ and ‘complete madness’, racking up over a million views.

Cllr Mohammed Iqbal, Labour Councillor for the City and Hunslet ward and deputy cabinet member for community safety, said such scenes were ‘unacceptable’.

“The parents need to take responsibility, that’s one of the key issues,” he said.

“Then I’m also concerned about the law on quad bikes. There’s been so many tragedies. People don’t even wear helmets. Parliament needs to look into the legislation on that.”

TAKING ACTION: Cllr Mohammed Iqbal, of the City and Hunslet ward, praised the police for their actions and urged parliament to look into tougher legislation against the use of off-road vehicles

TAKING ACTION: Cllr Mohammed Iqbal, of the City and Hunslet ward, praised the police for their actions and urged parliament to look into tougher legislation against the use of off-road vehicles

On 1st November, a 26-year-old man was arrested by detectives investigating the incident where he remained in custody.

Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds District Commander, said: “The appalling behaviour that was witnessed in Leeds last night, when a large group of people on motorbikes and quad bikes rode into the city centre and congregated in Kirkstall Road with a complete disregard for the safety of the public, was completely unacceptable.

“Their actions caused significant disruption and nuisance in the area and members of the public were left understandably concerned. We received a large number of calls reporting dangerous riding and other anti-social behaviour by this group.

“Officers from Leeds District, supported by roads policing colleagues and the police helicopter, responded to the incident and were strategically deployed throughout the evening to provide reassurance and gather evidence.

“Kirkstall Road was temporarily closed in the interests of public safety and the majority of the group dispersed by about 10pm.

“Detectives from Leeds District CID are continuing to conduct detailed and comprehensive enquiries today to identify those involved and take robust action against them.

“We are working closely with our local authority colleagues, with particular support from Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team and LeedsWatch CCTV.”

He added: “I want to reassure the members of the public who were caught up in the incident last night and the wider community that we will be doing everything we can and using all available criminal and anti-social behaviour legislation to bring those involved to book.

“We believe this event was organised through social media and we would like to remind people to think very carefully about the consequences of their actions when getting involved in unofficial gatherings such as this.

“It is no secret that we are generally experiencing significant levels of demand on our limited resources and with Halloween last night it was one of our busiest nights for calls for service. What we did not need was the mindless actions of a few creating additional unnecessary demand on those limited resources and potentially causing delays to members of the public in need of a police response.”

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Regenerating Leeds: South Bank proposal will double the size of Leeds city centre

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SPARKLING PLANS AFOOT: Cllr Judith Blake (right) with Holly Bowman, Director of North Star Coffee Roasters, launching the South Bank Leeds consultation at Leeds Dock

SPARKLING PLANS AFOOT: Cllr Judith Blake (right) with Holly Bowman, Director of North Star Coffee Roasters, launching the South Bank Leeds consultation at Leeds Dock

An online public consultation on ambitious proposals to regenerate the South Bank area of Leeds and effectively double the size of the city centre has started this week.

The consultation, which will run for three months until 15th November, asks for views on proposals to form a framework for future development of South Bank Leeds

The area is of pivotal importance to the city and regional economy as one of the largest regeneration schemes of its type in Europe.

Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake, said: “We are very pleased to be launching this public consultation as the next phase in the development of South Bank Leeds. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to transform an area of our city - not only into a fantastic economic driver of jobs and growth - but also an attractive place for people to live, learn, work and visit.”

She continued: “It will also greatly enhance and expand the city centre so a major challenge is how to integrate developments in the South Bank with the surrounding communities and the wider city. We also need to make the most of high speed rail and the tremendous opportunities provided by the redevelopment of Leeds Station.”

Key elements of the South Bank Leeds regeneration framework for consultation include a vision for the redeveloped Leeds Station, or ‘Yorkshire Hub’ as it is also being called, maximising the opportunities of high-speed rail through an architectural statement reflecting the city.

Also, the council have decided to maximise the River Aire and surrounding areas as a major leisure, events and recreation space for people of all ages to engage with.

Other plans include the creation of a city centre ‘green park’ to serve the area and the wider city and the vision of a mixed-use neighbourhood, with clusters of land uses for commercial development, residential and housing, community facilities and education.

To take part in the consultation visit https://southbankleeds.co.uk/shapeyourcity

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