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Manchester attack arrests 'significant'

Press Association logoPress Association 25/05/2017

Police hunting the network behind Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi have made "significant" arrests and say officers have seized "very important" items in raids linked to the investigation.

In an update on the investigation on Thursday, Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins also hit out at the leaks of on the investigation by US agencies, which had caused "distress and upset" to the families of victims of the bomb blast at Manchester Arena that killed 22.

Police are holding eight people in custody after releasing a woman without charge on Thursday.

"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," Hopkins said.

"These searches will take several days to complete."

Police have swooped in on multiple addresses in the city since Tuesday and those reportedly arrested include bomber Abedi's brother.

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