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Anti-terror police raid University of Chester student halls


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Anti-terror police swooped on University of Chester student accommodation as a part of the investigation into the May 22nd suicide bombing at Manchester Arena.


Counter Terrorism Policing North West were seen at Sumner House student halls of residence in Delamere Street, Chester, on Monday.

No arrests were made at the property, however, the raid came after the arrest of a 19-year-old male on Sunday May 28th. He’s believed to have been arrested at his family home in Gorton.  

Reports suggest the arrested male is a friend of bomber Salman Abedi’s younger brother, and that Salman had - at some point - been living at the man's student halls in Chester. 

Speaking to The Chester Chronicle, a student who saw the dawn raid take place said:

“I left the library (Chester University) at around 4.20am, I have to walk through the city centre to get home – upon passing Tesco (Delamere Street) at around 4.25-30am I spotted two police vans outside Sumner House.

"In light of the Manchester bombing I immediately suspected that this was potentially in connection with the incident especially because a blue van – unmarked but which had a CCTV logo on the rear – was next to the marked police van.

"The scene itself was calm, there were two policemen outside looking at the Sumner House building and I think they had got into the entrance of the building.”

Following the Manchester Attack and the terror threat being raised to 'critical' armed police were deployed to Chester to patrol the city cente and reassure the public. 

At the time they were deployed, Cheshire police & crime commissioner David Keane said: “I hope the increased presence is reassuring and shows the constabulary is doing everything to keep you safe following the tragic events in Manchester.”

So far, 16 people have been arrested and 14 remain in custody in relation to the Manchester Attack. All are suspected to either be connected to or responsible for the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena which killed 22 people and injured over 100. 

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