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Manchester’s Arndale Centre has been evacuated, with people seen running away screaming and witnesses saying a man was arrested by armed police.
“Security guards and police who were armed shouted at people to get away,” said Sky’s Mike McCarthy, at the scene. “At least 100 people came round the corner – many of them screaming and trying to get away.” Some people fell over in the rush to get away and police with sniffer dogs went inside the shopping centre, said McCarthy. Police said they do not think it was related to the incident at Manchester Arena and the centre has now reopened.
Image: Some people were in tears as the shopping centre was evacuated
The evacuation happened around 12 hours after a bomb attack killed 22 people at a concert at the arena.1 :: Live updates – Manchester attack2 Extra armed police are on UK streets after the attack, with a high state of alert seeing a suspicious item blown up in Manchester in the early hours.
Image: People leave the Arndale Centre after it was evacuated
A controlled explosion took place just after 1.30am in Cathedral Gardens, near the site of the attack, but it later turned out to be a pile of abandoned clothing.
:: Security services think they know who bomber is3 Another suspicious item sparked an evacuation of London’s Victoria coach station around 6.40am. Passengers were moved to the end of the street as the area was cordoned off and buses diverted . However, the alert was called off shortly after 8am.
Image: Cars arriving at Manchester United’s training ground were also searched
Manchester United players arriving at the team’s Carrington training ground have also had their cars searched. Security staff used mirrors to check underneath vehicles and opened up the boots. The team are getting set for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.
A “mix of armed and unarmed officers” were called up for the rush hour in London, with Met Police chief Cressida Dick saying they would “continue for as long as is needed”. Police Scotland said more armed officers would be at “transport hubs and crowded places”. Policing in crowded places is also being reviewed in the West Midlands, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. Extra armed officers were called up in London and other cities after the Westminster attack in March and the Berlin attack in December. The threat from international terrorism in the UK remains “severe” – as it has been since August 2014 – meaning an attack is highly likely.
- ^ bomb attack killed 22 people at a concert at the arena. (news.sky.com)
- ^ Live updates – Manchester attack (news.sky.com)
- ^ Security services think they know who bomber is (news.sky.com)
- ^ Manchester Arena witness: ‘It was absolute carnage’ (news.sky.com)
- Pippa Middleton and James Matthews will tie the knot in Berkshire tomorrow
- Pair have been ramping up security efforts on the Bucklebury estate today
- Policemen, sniffer dogs and security workers were spotted making preparations
- While one officer accidentally left slip arrangements for today’s dress rehearsal
Police documents today offered a glimpse at the increasingly strict security measures surrounding the wedding of the year, as fencing, CCTV and sniffer dogs were installed on site for the rehearsal today. The guest list will include the second and third-in-line to the British throne along with a host of VIPs and celebrities, so the Middleton and Matthews families are taking no chances when it comes to safety and security. And a photograph of a policeman clutching a document with a breakdown of today s itinerary has revealed the extent of the ‘ring of steel’ surrounding Pippa s big day – from strict arrival times to the step leading up to the speech dais. It reveals a step needed to be added to the church lectern, while ‘protected principals’ – thought to refer to wedding guests – were flanked by security personnel ahead of the rehearsal. The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister, who will tie the knot with her financier boyfriend on Saturday morning, has gone to great lengths to ensure security is tight on the estate surrounding St . Mark’s church. A security schedule includes arrangements for the marquee and access to the church itself ahead of the big day – including the security personnel put in place for VIP guests
A policeman holding a walkie talkie was seen holding a folder containing details for this morning’s wedding rehearsals .
The ceremony and reception will take place on Saturday A team of police, security officials and even dogs were spotted on the Englefield estate on Friday afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s ceremony. Two men dressed in black were seen installing surveillance cameras on trees lining the footpath which surrounds the picturesque Bucklebury wedding venue. A large police car was also spotted near St Mark’s Church, with metal fencing securing the guests’ route into the church. While Saturday’s ceremony will take place on the Berkshire estate, the bride’s parents are hosting the reception and have forked out for a 140ft-long glass marquee in their garden. Pippa’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton are believed to be picking up the bill for the lavish nuptials which are estimated to have cost anywhere between 200,000 and 500,000.
Security on an unprecedented scale is in place at the Middleton estate in Berkshire today as a ‘ring of steel’ is set up around the property
A police car is spotted near St Mark’s Church in Bucklebury, Berkshire just a stone’s throw from where Pippa Middleton and James Matthews’ wedding is being held on Saturday
The officer was spotted with security arrangements surrounding Friday’s events . Guests including Spencer Matthews descended on the small Berkshire village for the rehearsal
Security men are seen installing surveillance cameras in trees lining a public footpath nearby
Taking no chances: The three men were seen climbing a ladder to set up cameras as a police car waits nearby . Saturday’s ceremony will see Prince George and Princess Charlotte act as page boy and birdesmaid
Workers were seen putting metal placing in place just 24 hours before the wedding . The guest list includes royals and celebrities including James Matthews’ reality star brother Spencer
It’s no surprise the couple, who got engaged last summer, want to ramp up security efforts; guests include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Prince Harry. Harry’s girlfriend, Suits actress Meghan Markle, is also believed to be making an appearance after flying into London from her home in Toronto this week. Kensington Palace have also confirmed that Prince George will be a page boy and Princess Charlotte will be a bridesmaid. A Green Parlour florist van – the same company that Kate enlisted for the Royal Wedding in 2011 – was seen arriving at St Mark’s Church on Friday ahead of Pippa and James Matthews’s wedding. Metal fencing and rope will ensure Pippa’s VIP guests are safe on the big day . Pippa’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton are believed to be picking up the bill for the lavish nuptials
A black sniffer dog was also spotted in a van on the estate on Friday afternoon . Prince Harry’s girlfriend, Suits actress Meghan Markle, is also believed to be making an appearance
The last-minute preparations come after workmen appeared to be making some last-minute improvements to the church and gardens where Pippa and James will tie the knot.
The installation of the barriers comes after a fleet of Bentley Bentayga 4×4 were delivered to Englefield House earlier this week, which could well be the cars that will ferry guests from the church to the Middleton family home a few miles away for the evening reception.
A gardener was seen mowing the lawns for the second time this week, whilst workers were spotted cleaning and fixing the church’s sign – preparations that are thought to be taking place ahead of the society wedding of the year.
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- Ceres Borazan claims a Turkish bodyguard threatened to kill her in Washington
- She was protesting outside the Turkish ambassador’s house on Embassy Row
- Members of President Recep Erdogan’s security detail attacked the protesters
- Senator John McCain called on President Trump to expel the ambassador
A Kurdish student claims Turkish 3president Tayyip Recep Erdogan’s security detail threatened to kill her during a demonstration outside the ambassador’s residence in Washington. Erdogan was in Washington to meet with Donald Trump 4when members of the Kurdish community decided to protest outside the ambassador’s residence. However, 26-year-old Ceres Borazan, a Kurd from Turkey, claims she was man handled by Erdogan’s security detail who were filmed attacking protesters on the street.
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Ceren Borazan claimed a member of President Erdogan’s security detail threatened to kill her outside the Turkish embassy in Washington where Kurdish people were holding a protest
Ms Borazan, pictured, claimed she suffered a popped blood vessel in her eye during the attack
At least 12 people including one police officer were injured following the disturbance She wrote about her ordeal on Facebook: ‘They attacked women, children and the elderly with reckless abandon . I ran in the opposite direction from our friends and got caught by one of the security guards . He put me in a headlock to the point where he popped a blood vessel in my eye.’
Ms Borazan claimed the security guard had threatened to kill her before she managed to escape into a nearby car. Commenting on the motorist, she said: ‘I swear that man saved my life.’ US Senator John McCain condemned the attack and called on Trump to react. He told MSNBC: ‘We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America . This kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically. ‘This isn’t Turkey, this isn’t a third world country.’
Several people required treatment following the incident outside the ambassador’s residence
Senator John McCain has called on the Turkish Ambassador to be expelled in response
The Turkish embassy blamed the protesters for the violent scenes outside the residence
Washington Police chief Peter Newsham said 11 people and one police officer had been injured in the violence which took place on ‘Embassy Row’. The Turkish embassy released a statement blaming the Kurdish PKK. ‘The demonstrators began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president .
The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured.’ McCain laid blame directly at the feet of Turkish officials. He said: ‘This is Erdogan’s security detail .
Somebody told them to go out there and beat up on these peaceful demonstrators. I think it should have repercussions, including identifying these people and bringing charges against them . After all they violated American laws.’
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