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MP raises “deep concern” over US leaks in the wake of Manchester Arena bomb

wp-1478947269179.jpegWythenshawe MP Mike Kane has signed a joint letter to parliament’s intelligence and security watchdog expressing grave concern about the leaking by US officials of the identity of the Manchester Arena bomber while police were still investigating the atrocity.

Salman Abedi, detonated the bomb, at the Ariana Grande concert, which killed 22 people in May. It was the deadliest attack in Britain since the 7/7 bombings in London.

The New York Times, named the suspected killer as Salman Abedi, and shared pictures of the crime scene hours before Manchester police revealed Abedi’s identity, after the details were leaked by US officials. Non-U.S. media followed, again citing U.S. sources.

It was feared at the time the leaks had compromised the fast-moving investigation by Greater Manchester Police.

Mr Kane signed the letter, along with other Greater Manchester MPs, the Leader of Manchester City Council, Richard Leese and Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham to the chairman of the parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee.

And this week the Wythenshawe MP raised the issue with Home Secretary, Amber Rudd during a debate following the release of a report into terror attacks.

Mr Kane said: “Every Greater Manchester MP, Mayor Andy Burnham  and Richard Leese, the leader of the city council, have signed a joint letter to the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee expressing  our concern that Salman Abedi’s name was shared with our colleagues in America and subsequently leaked, placing Chief Constable Ian Hopkins and the investigation in an intolerable situation. Does the Home Secretary share our deep concern about that?”

The Home Secretary replied: “Many of us—not least my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister—raised that issue with our opposite numbers, and such leaks are completely unwelcome and inappropriate.

“However, we must not underestimate our incredibly important close relationship with the US on intelligence sharing and support, and we must be cautious of any eventuality that might endanger that relationship. That sort of close intelligence sharing saves lives in this country.”

Shortly after the leak in May Mrs Rudd told the BBC police had been very clear that they wanted to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise and said the leak was  “irritating”.

 

 

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“Hope must win” – Wythenshawe head teacher’s defiant message following family’s terror ordeal

MEAThe principal of a Wythenshawe academy school whose family were injured following  Monday night’s bomb attack at the Manchester Arena has spoken about their ordeal.

Manchester Enterprise Academy principal James Eldon praised NHS staff after his wife underwent surgery following the attack at the Ariana Grande concert which left 22 dead and 59 injured.

Mr Eldon also praised a taxi driver who drove his wife to hospital. Mrs Eldon was at the concert with their daughter.

The family’s ordeal comes just weeks after Mr Eldon himself was caught up in the Westminster attack. Mr Eldon was in the House of Commons when a man drove into tourists on Westminster Bridge before killing a police officer in March.

Manchester Lord Mayor pays tribute to victims of “most horrific incident” faced by the city

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Manchester’s Lord Mayor and Wythenshawe councillor, Eddy Newman, has paid tribute to victims.of the bombing in the city which has so far left 22 dead and dozens injured.

And the William Temple Church in Wythenshawe Civic Centre, Simonsway is open this morning or anyone who would like to light a candle, or spend time in reflection and prayer.

 

The city council’s deputy leader and fellow Wythenshawe councillor, Sue Murphy added:

Greater Manchester Police suspect the attack, in the foyer of the Manchester Arena following a concert by the singer Ariana Grande was carried out by a suicide bomber.

Chief Constable, Ian Hopkins said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack conducted by one man. In a statement, he 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.”

Organisations and people across Wythenshawe have given their reaction  to the events on social media, including councillors, schools, colleges, sports clubs.

Entertainer Rowetta,  expressed solidarity with the victims.

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