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Ariana Grande returns to Manchester to play poignant Pride show

Star performed in city for the first time since a benefit gig for those killed at her concert in 2017 The last time Ariana Grande performed in Manchester, in the harrowing days after the blast that killed 22 people and injured hundreds more at one of her concerts there, her tribute show began with a minutes silence and the words: Lets not be afraid, Manchester. She returned to the city in sparkling style on Sunday night, dazzling through a party playlist as she pledged her undying love to a place…

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‘It has a real buzz’: how the new high street is bucking the trend

Chorlton, Great Manchester, is thriving with a mix of businesses backed by an independent ethos and community spirit The woes of the British high street were highlighted again this week by figures that showed chain stores were closing their doors according to PricewaterhouseCoopers research compiled by the Local Data Company (LDC). But there are also signs of hope. Five retail categories in particular have had increases in 2018: sport and health clubs; cake shops; ice-cream parlours; bookshops; and vaping stores. In one southern Manchester suburb all the growth areas are…

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Police believe Manchester bomber Salman Abedi largely acted alone

16 have been arrested so far in connection with the Manchester Arena attack, but it is thought the 22-year-old operated on his own Police now believe the Manchester bomber acted largely alone in the run-up to his suicide attack at Ariana Grandes concert. Soon after Salman Abedi blew himself up at Manchester Arena eight days ago police said they were investigating a potential terror network. But now detectives say the 22-year-old shopped alone for most of the components he used to make the bomb, which killed himself and 22 concertgoers…

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Morrissey attacks politicians and the Queen over Manchester terrorism response

Controversial singer says MPs remain remote while public bear the brunt of the threat from extremists The Manchester-born singer Morrissey has hit out at politicians for their reaction to the bombing in his hometown that has killed 22 people and hospitalised 59 more. In his statement, the former Smiths frontman claimed that politicians are safe from attacks, while the rest of the country is left vulnerable. The MP wrote on his Facebook page. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid…

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Manchester Arena attack: what we know so far

The events around Manchester Arena have been fast moving and confusing. Here is what we know so farManchester Arena: police confirm 19 dead after explosion at Ariana Grande concert latest updates A suspected terror attack hit a pop concert in Manchester on Monday evening, with many dead and dozens injured. Here is what we know so far: Police have confirmed that at least 19 people were killed in an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Police say the explosion is being treated as a terrorist incident until…

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