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Manchester police find valuable items; stop sharing with US

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/25/2017 By JILL LAWLESS, PAISLEY DODDS and GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, speaks to Amy Barlow, 12, from Rawtenstall, Lancashire, left, and her mother, Kathy, as she visits the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester England, to meet victims of the terror attack in the city earlier this week and to thank members of staff who treated them Thursday May 25, 2017. (Peter Byrne/Pool via AP) © The Associated Press Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, speaks to Amy Barlow, 12, from Rawtenstall, Lancashire, left, and her mother, Kathy, as she visits the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester England, to meet victims of the terror attack in the city earlier this week and to thank members of staff who treated them Thursday May 25, 2017. (Peter Byrne/Pool via AP)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Home searches across Manchester have uncovered important items for the investigation into the concert bombing that left 22 people dead, Manchester's police chief announced Thursday. A British official said Manchester police have decided not to share further information on the probe with the United States due to leaks blamed on U.S. officials.

An armed soldier and policeman stand guard at Parliament, in London, Thursday, May 25, 2017. Armed troops are guarding vital locations in the country after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20 in Manchester. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press An armed soldier and policeman stand guard at Parliament, in London, Thursday, May 25, 2017. Armed troops are guarding vital locations in the country after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20 in Manchester. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the eight suspects detained so far were "significant" arrests and said the searches will take several more days to complete. Police have swooped in on multiple addresses in the northwestern city since Tuesday and those arrested include bomber Salman Abedi's brother Ismail.

A police officer at the scene at an address in Nuneaton, England Thursday May 25, 2017 where they arrested a seventh suspect in the investigation into the Manchester Arena bombing. British police have arrested a seventh person in connection with the Manchester Arena bombing. The man was held Wednesday after police carried out searches in the English town of Nuneaton, which is about 161 kilometers (100 miles) south of Manchester.(Joe Giddens/PA via AP) © The Associated Press A police officer at the scene at an address in Nuneaton, England Thursday May 25, 2017 where they arrested a seventh suspect in the investigation into the Manchester Arena bombing. British police have arrested a seventh person in connection with the Manchester Arena bombing. The man was held Wednesday after police carried out searches in the English town of Nuneaton, which is about 161 kilometers (100 miles) south of Manchester.(Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

Hopkins did not elaborate on the material that has been found so far.

Police activity at an address in Elsmore Road, in connection with the concert blast at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England, Wednesday May 24, 2017. British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. ( Joe Giddens/PA via AP) © The Associated Press Police activity at an address in Elsmore Road, in connection with the concert blast at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England, Wednesday May 24, 2017. British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. ( Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she plans to discuss the leaks with President Donald Trump at the NATO summit in Brussels. She said she plans to "make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure."

A woman looks at the floral tributes and messages left for the victims of the concert blast, during a vigil at St Ann's Square in central Manchester, England, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP) © The Associated Press A woman looks at the floral tributes and messages left for the victims of the concert blast, during a vigil at St Ann's Square in central Manchester, England, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

British officials are particularly angry that photos detailing evidence about the bomb used in the Manchester attack were published in The New York Times, although it's not clear that the paper obtained the photos from U.S. officials.

Religious leaders speak to crowds during a vigil at St Ann's square in central Manchester, England Wednesday May 24 2017. Police confirmed that more than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the venue late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira) © The Associated Press Religious leaders speak to crowds during a vigil at St Ann's square in central Manchester, England Wednesday May 24 2017. Police confirmed that more than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the venue late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

British police and security services were also upset that Abedi's name was apparently leaked by U.S. officials and published while British police were withholding it — and while raids were underway in Manchester and in Libya, where the bomber's father lives.

Renee Rachel Black, right, and Sadiq Patelin pray in front of flower tributes at Albert Square central Manchester, England Wednesday May 24 2017. Police confirmed that more than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira) © The Associated Press Renee Rachel Black, right, and Sadiq Patelin pray in front of flower tributes at Albert Square central Manchester, England Wednesday May 24 2017. Police confirmed that more than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

A British official told The Associated Press on Thursday that police in Manchester have decided to stop sharing information about their bombing investigation with the U.S. until they get a guarantee that there will be no more leaks to the media. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Police officers inspect litter bins in central Manchester, Britain, Thursday May 25 2017. Police are searching a new site in Manchester suspected of links to Monday's bombing at a pop concert. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira) © The Associated Press Police officers inspect litter bins in central Manchester, Britain, Thursday May 25 2017. Police are searching a new site in Manchester suspected of links to Monday's bombing at a pop concert. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

The White House had no immediate comment on the Manchester decision. Trump, in Brussels, ignored two questions from journalists on whether Britain can trust the U.S. with sensitive information. Trump himself has been accused of leaking confidential security information to the Russians.

A woman buy vegetables in Curry Street in Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. On the Manchester street they call the "Curry Mile," there are very few Indian or Pakistani restaurants left. In a sign of the ever-changing face of this proudly multiethnic city, these days a hungry diner can choose between Halal snacks from Beirut, kebabs from Afghanistan or garishly colored sweets from India, among many others. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) © The Associated Press A woman buy vegetables in Curry Street in Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. On the Manchester street they call the "Curry Mile," there are very few Indian or Pakistani restaurants left. In a sign of the ever-changing face of this proudly multiethnic city, these days a hungry diner can choose between Halal snacks from Beirut, kebabs from Afghanistan or garishly colored sweets from India, among many others. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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The New York Times on Thursday defended its publication of photographs of evidence collected at the Manchester bombing crime scene.

Two women sit in a bar in Curry Street in Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. On the Manchester street they call the "Curry Mile," there are very few Indian or Pakistani restaurants left. In a sign of the ever-changing face of this proudly multiethnic city, these days a hungry diner can choose between Halal snacks from Beirut, kebabs from Afghanistan or garishly colored sweets from India, among many others. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) © The Associated Press Two women sit in a bar in Curry Street in Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. On the Manchester street they call the "Curry Mile," there are very few Indian or Pakistani restaurants left. In a sign of the ever-changing face of this proudly multiethnic city, these days a hungry diner can choose between Halal snacks from Beirut, kebabs from Afghanistan or garishly colored sweets from India, among many others. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

"The images and information presented were neither graphic nor disrespectful of victims, and consistent with the common line of reporting on weapons used in horrific crimes," the paper said. "We have strict guidelines on how and in what ways we cover sensitive stories. Our coverage of Monday's horrific attack has been both comprehensive and responsible."

Police stand outside a block of flats in Blackley, north Manchester, Wednesday May 24, 2017, where a woman has been arrested in connection with the Manchester arena bombing. Additional arrests were made both in Britain and in Libya in the bombing that killed 22 people and wounded scores more. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP) © The Associated Press Police stand outside a block of flats in Blackley, north Manchester, Wednesday May 24, 2017, where a woman has been arrested in connection with the Manchester arena bombing. Additional arrests were made both in Britain and in Libya in the bombing that killed 22 people and wounded scores more. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

Earlier, the Greater Manchester Police condemned the investigation leaks on behalf of the National Counter-Terrorism Policing units in a statement that suggested a severe rupture in trust between Britain and the United States.

Police activity at an address in Elsmore Road, in connection with the concert blast at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England, Wednesday May 24, 2017. British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. ( Joe Giddens/PA via AP) © The Associated Press Police activity at an address in Elsmore Road, in connection with the concert blast at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England, Wednesday May 24, 2017. British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. ( Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

"When the trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their family," the statement said. "This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorized disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter terrorism investigation."

Police activity at an address in Elsmore Road, in connection with the concert blast at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England, Wednesday May 24, 2017. British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP) © The Associated Press Police activity at an address in Elsmore Road, in connection with the concert blast at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England, Wednesday May 24, 2017. British police say officers investigating the Manchester Arena concert blast have arrested a fifth suspect, and are assessing a package the suspect was carrying. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

May insisted Thursday that progress is being made in the Manchester bombing investigation but added the national threat level remains critical — meaning another attack may be imminent.

A man walks past a newspaper reporting in the front about the suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande and in the back page about the victory of Manchester United winning the soccer Europa League final, in Manchester, Britain, Thursday, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) © The Associated Press A man walks past a newspaper reporting in the front about the suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande and in the back page about the victory of Manchester United winning the soccer Europa League final, in Manchester, Britain, Thursday, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

"The public should remain vigilant," May said, speaking after a meeting of the government's crisis committee.

Police at the scene at an address in Nuneaton, England Thursday May 25, 2017 where they arrested a seventh suspect in the investigation into the Manchester Arena bombing. British police have arrested a seventh person in connection with the Manchester Arena bombing. The man was held Wednesday after police carried out searches in the English town of Nuneaton, which is about 161 kilometers (100 miles) south of Manchester.(Joe Giddens/PA via AP) © The Associated Press Police at the scene at an address in Nuneaton, England Thursday May 25, 2017 where they arrested a seventh suspect in the investigation into the Manchester Arena bombing. British police have arrested a seventh person in connection with the Manchester Arena bombing. The man was held Wednesday after police carried out searches in the English town of Nuneaton, which is about 161 kilometers (100 miles) south of Manchester.(Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

As hundreds of British soldiers protected some of the world's most visited tourist sites in London and elsewhere, police are pressing to uncover the network that is thought to have helped Abedi in the deadly attack Monday night at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

A woman reacts as people look at tributes in a square in central Manchester, England, Thursday, May 25, 2017, ahead of a minute's silence for the victims of the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left more than 20 people dead and many more injured, as it ended on Monday night at the Manchester Arena. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP) © The Associated Press A woman reacts as people look at tributes in a square in central Manchester, England, Thursday, May 25, 2017, ahead of a minute's silence for the victims of the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left more than 20 people dead and many more injured, as it ended on Monday night at the Manchester Arena. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)

At 11 a.m. Thursday, many across Britain fell silent and bowed their heads for a minute in tribute to the victims of Monday night's bombing. Crowds gathered at well-known sites including London's Parliament and Trafalgar Squares and Manchester's Albert Square.

People hold a minute of silence in a square in central Manchester, England, Thursday, May 25, 2017, after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left more than 20 people dead and many more injured, as it ended on Monday night at the Manchester Arena. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) © The Associated Press People hold a minute of silence in a square in central Manchester, England, Thursday, May 25, 2017, after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left more than 20 people dead and many more injured, as it ended on Monday night at the Manchester Arena. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

In one of the more touching moments, a crowd in Manchester then joined a woman singing the Oasis song "Don't Look Back in Anger."

A woman reads a newspaper reporting in the front about the suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande and in the back page about the victory of Manchester United winning the soccer Europa League final, before holding a minute of silence in a square in central Manchester, England, Thursday, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) © The Associated Press A woman reads a newspaper reporting in the front about the suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande and in the back page about the victory of Manchester United winning the soccer Europa League final, before holding a minute of silence in a square in central Manchester, England, Thursday, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Queen Elizabeth II, meanwhile, visited Royal Manchester Children's Hospital to talk to some of the bombing victims, their families and the medical staff treating them.

People attend a one minute silence to the victims of Monday's explosion at St Ann's Square in Manchester, England Thursday May 25 2017. More than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena late Monday evening . (AP Photo/Rui Vieira) © The Associated Press People attend a one minute silence to the victims of Monday's explosion at St Ann's Square in Manchester, England Thursday May 25 2017. More than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena late Monday evening . (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

"It's dreadful. Very wicked, to target that sort of thing," the 91-year-old monarch told 14-year-old Evie Mills and her parents.

People observe a minutes silence in Westminster in London, Thursday, May 25, 2017, after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left more than 20 people dead and many more injured, as it ended on Monday night at the Manchester Arena. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press People observe a minutes silence in Westminster in London, Thursday, May 25, 2017, after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left more than 20 people dead and many more injured, as it ended on Monday night at the Manchester Arena. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

She also chatted and shook hands with hospital staff, and told the father of another injured teenager at the hospital: "It's not something you expect at all."

People queue to place flowers at St Ann's square in central Manchester, England Thursday May 25 2017. More than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the venue late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira) © The Associated Press People queue to place flowers at St Ann's square in central Manchester, England Thursday May 25 2017. More than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the venue late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

In addition to those killed, 116 people have received medical treatment at Manchester hospitals for wounds from the blast. The National Health Service says 75 people have been admitted to eight hospitals, "including 23 patients currently receiving critical care."

People queue to place flowers at St Ann's square in central Manchester, England Thursday May 25 2017. More than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the venue late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira) © The Associated Press People queue to place flowers at St Ann's square in central Manchester, England Thursday May 25 2017. More than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the venue late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

The Manchester United and Manchester City Football Clubs announced they have jointly pledged 1 million pounds ($1.29 million) to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

People queue to place flowers at St Ann's square in central Manchester, England Thursday May 25 2017. More than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the venue late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira) © The Associated Press People queue to place flowers at St Ann's square in central Manchester, England Thursday May 25 2017. More than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the venue late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

In Berlin, former U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sent a message of solidarity to the Manchester bombing victims.

A member of the public reacts at St Ann's Square in central Manchester, England Thursday May 25 2017. More than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, Monday evening. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira) © The Associated Press A member of the public reacts at St Ann's Square in central Manchester, England Thursday May 25 2017. More than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, Monday evening. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

"(This is) a reminder that there is great danger and terrorism and people who would do great harm to others just because they're different," Obama said.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, speaks to Evie Mills, 14, from Harrogate, and her father Craig, as she visits the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester England, to meet victims of the terror attack in the city earlier this week and to thank members of staff who treated them Thursday May 25, 2017. (Peter Byrne/Pool via AP) © The Associated Press Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, speaks to Evie Mills, 14, from Harrogate, and her father Craig, as she visits the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester England, to meet victims of the terror attack in the city earlier this week and to thank members of staff who treated them Thursday May 25, 2017. (Peter Byrne/Pool via AP)

Mohammed Fadl, a spokesman for Libyan expatriates in Manchester, said Salman's family was well known in the community, especially his elder brother Ismail, but said Salman "was not socially involved in the community."

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, speaks to Evie Mills, 14, from Harrogate, her mother, Karen, left, and her father Craig, as she visits the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester England, to meet victims of the terror attack in the city earlier this week and to thank members of staff who treated them Thursday May 25, 2017. (Peter Byrne/Pool via AP) © The Associated Press Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, speaks to Evie Mills, 14, from Harrogate, her mother, Karen, left, and her father Craig, as she visits the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester England, to meet victims of the terror attack in the city earlier this week and to thank members of staff who treated them Thursday May 25, 2017. (Peter Byrne/Pool via AP)

"Very few people in the community here were close to him and therefore Salman's fanaticism wasn't something the community was aware of," he told the AP.

He said he heard that Salman's father took his son's passport away amid concerns about Salman's close ties to extremists and criminals, but had no proof of that.

Manchester's Libyan community held a meeting Wednesday night on combating radicalism, he said.

"Parents expressed fears of this danger, and agreed to take measures to help youths get more integrated in the community while making sure that future visits to Libya take place as families, and not as individuals," Fadl said.

On the investigation front, Greater Manchester Police say two men were arrested overnight in Manchester and in the Withington area south of the city. Officers also raided a property in the city's Moss Side neighborhood early Thursday.

A German magazine, meanwhile, reported that British police informed their German counterparts that Abedi had received paramilitary training in Syria. It also said he passed through Duesseldorf airport four days before the concert attack.

Citing unnamed federal security sources, Focus reported that Salman Abedi twice flew from a German airport in recent years and wasn't on any international watch list.

A German security official told the AP on Thursday the report was accurate, speaking on condition of anonymity because the information hadn't been cleared for public release.

The bomber's father, Ramadan Abedi insisted Wednesday in an interview with the AP that Salman had no links to militants, saying "we don't believe in killing innocents."

He and another of his sons, Hashim, were taken into custody Wednesday in the Libyan city of Tripoli.

Grande cancelled concerts that were to take place Thursday and Friday in London, and in several other sites in Europe.

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Dodds and Katz reported from London. Sylvia Hui in London, Rob Harris in Manchester, Frank Jordans in Berlin, Maggie Michaels in Cairo and Julie Pace in Brussels also contributed.

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