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10,000 get bee tattoo to raise money for victims of Manchester bombing

An estimated 10,000 people around the world have had tattoos of bees as part of a fundraising initiative to raise money for the victims of the Manchester bombing.

The Manchester bee tattoo appeal has raised more than £520,000 since it was launched shortly after the attack at the city’s ...

yesterday 16:55 open_in_new
Church leaders call for urgent debate on terrorism, Grenfell fire and election

The leaders of the Church of England have called for an urgent debate on the state of the country after recent terror attacks, the Grenfell Tower fire and the inconclusive general election outcome, saying this is a “critical time in the nation’s history”.

The archbishops of ...

yesterday 14:05 open_in_new
Andy Burnham pledges to replace Prevent strategy in Manchester

The much-criticised Prevent programme is to be replaced in Greater Manchester as part of a broad review of the region’s counter-terror strategy in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing.

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, said the deradicalisation scheme had achieved some ...

2017-06-22 15:53 open_in_new
Islamophobic attacks in Manchester surge by 500% after arena attack

Islamophobic attacks soared more than 500% in Greater Manchester after the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert last month, police have said.

There were 224 reports of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the month after the attack compared with 37 in the same period in 2016, official figures ...

2017-06-22 13:17 open_in_new
Manchester Arena attack: mourners gather for funeral of Olivia Campbell-Hardy

Hundreds of mourners gathered yesterday for a service of “hope and love” to remember Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15, who died in the Manchester Arena bombing on 22 May.

Her funeral, described as a “service of celebration and thanksgiving” for her life, was held at the church of St Anne ...

2017-06-21 01:49 open_in_new
Anti-Muslim hate crime surges after Manchester and London Bridge attacks

Police in Manchester and London registered surges in anti-Muslim hate crime in the immediate aftermaths of the Manchester Arena bombing and the London Bridge attack.

The number of Islamophobic attacks in Manchester went up fivefold in the week after the concert bombing, with 139 incidents ...

2017-06-20 15:55 open_in_new
Barrington Young obituary

My very good friend Barrington Young, who has died aged 87, was one of the first black train inspectors in the UK. He was also a stalwart of his community, and worked hard to ensure that black children in Britain were educated about their Caribbean heritage.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, to ...

2017-06-19 21:09 open_in_new
Manchester Day: 100,000 gather in city centre for parade

On a sweltering Sunday in central Manchester, around 100,000 people gathered to watch the annual Manchester Day parade, which had taken on a special significance in light of last month’s terror attack on the city’s arena.

The 22,000-strong procession was fronted by 22 young people, ...

2017-06-18 20:57 open_in_new
Britons have got a right to 'reel' in the face of terror attacks

T his isn’t writing, this is fingers stamping on computer keys with the distracted force of 10 feet in shoes too tight. People often describe moods as clouds, dark and damp, hovering, but I have worn a corset in my life, and that feeling of restriction and breathlessness is a more accurate ...

2017-06-18 08:51 open_in_new
'We shared the road, our hopes and visions': a week of cycle conversations

“We peddled around my American town, speaking of globalisation, the need for dialogue, living lightly, sharing gifts, the power of art, the gift of fear,” said Tim Holmes. Holmes shared a selfie with Juliana Hirata, who had taken a break from cycling the entire length of the western ...

2017-06-16 15:03 open_in_new
Inquest into death of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi opens

An inquest into the death of the Manchester Arena suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, has been opened and adjourned.

Abedi, who was born in Manchester and of Libyan descent, killed 22 people and injured more than 200 when he detonated a device in the main foyer of the venue as people left an ...

2017-06-16 13:57 open_in_new
Fred Talbot jailed for four years over sexual abuse in Scotland

The former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been jailed for four years for a string of sexual offences against schoolboys on trips to Scotland more than three decades ago.

He indecently assaulted seven teenage boys in his care during camping and boating trips in the 1970s and 1980s while ...

2017-06-15 18:09 open_in_new
Funerals held for four Manchester bombing victims

A young couple killed in the Manchester bombing in May were “inseparable in life, inseparable in death”, the vicar leading their joint funeral service said.

Mourners were asked to wear pink or blue for the service for Liam Curry, 19, and Chloe Rutherford, 17, at St Hilda’s church in ...

2017-06-15 18:09 open_in_new
You’re one of us now, Ariana Grande – a Mancunian

D ear Ariana, welcome to our family. It may have been our civic leaders and politicians who extended an invitation to make you, officially, our first honorary citizen, but on this occasion please have no doubts that they speak for us all. Recent weeks have reminded us of the gossamer thread ...

2017-06-15 11:33 open_in_new
I love cycling. But I drive – because I fear for my life
While my London friends upgrade their carbon frames, my Manchester pals splurge on personalised number plates. Is it any wonder, when bike schemes up north seem designed to wipe us all out? Share your bike commute experiences with us ...
2017-06-14 16:51 open_in_new
Ariana Grande to become an honorary citizen of Manchester

Manchester city council will make Ariana Grande an honorary citizen of the city for her efforts in organising the One Love benefit concert.

The hastily organised gig, which was hosted by Grande to mark the lives of the 22 people who died in the terror attack at the star’s concert at ...

2017-06-14 13:33 open_in_new
Ariana Grande to become first honorary citizen of Manchester

Ariana Grande is to become the first honorary citizen of Manchester for helping to raise millions of pounds for victims of the Manchester Arena attack.

The US pop star exemplified the “resilient and compassionate” way the city had responded to the terror atrocity that claimed 22 ...

2017-06-14 13:33 open_in_new
Families expected to be allowed to keep benefits after Manchester attack

Grieving families that receive money from an £11m fund for victims of the Manchester Arena bombing will not have their benefits slashed, the government is expected to announce.

The rule change is set to ensure that injured survivors, and the relatives of the 22 victims who died, will ...

2017-06-13 21:03 open_in_new
British Airways looks to Capita to run call centres after IT meltdown

British Airways is close to striking an agreement for Capita to run its call centres as the airline attempts to improve its customer relations after its disastrous IT meltdown last month.

Under the agreement, Capita, an outsourcing group that has had its own public relations disasters in ...

2017-06-13 15:33 open_in_new
‘She was screaming': father tells of how council tried to take girl, 3, from asylum family

A li says he wasn’t home when social workers came to tell his wife, Jamileh, that their three-year-old daughter would be removed from their care, but he heard the conversation, the cries of his wife and screams of his child, over the phone.

“My wife was really scared and my child was ...

2017-06-13 08:57 open_in_new
Manchester police investigate arson attacks on Jewish restaurants

Police are investigating two arson attacks on kosher restaurants in Manchester, as a Jewish charity says antisemitic hate crime is on the rise in the UK.

Detectives have released CCTV images of the alleged arsonists, who attacked two restaurants in Prestwich, a Jewish area of north ...

2017-06-12 18:39 open_in_new