Manchester Arena attack

Mayor backs calls for tighter security at venues following Manchester attack

The government should introduce compulsory bag searches and metal detectors at major venues following the Manchester Arena attack, the city's mayor has said.

Victims of the Manchester Arena bomb
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Andy Burnham backed calls from victims' families to see security stepped up in an update to a report into the bombing.

Twenty-two people died when Salman Abedi detonated a device in May 2017.

Security Minister Ben Wallace said the government's "utmost priority is protecting our citizens".

Manchester attack victim's mother praises NZ prime minister

The mother of one of the victims of the Manchester Arena attack has praised New Zealand's prime minister after she vowed never to say the name of the Christchurch mosque gunman.

In an emotional address at New Zealand's parliament, Jacinda Ardern said the man "sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety - that is why you will never hear me mention his name".

Figen Murray, whose son Martyn Hett was killed in the attack on 22 May 2017, said Ms Ardern was "amazing" for taking such a stand.

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Fraudster to pay back fake Manchester Arena bomb claim

A boss of an insurance firm who claimed falsely that her daughter was hurt in the Manchester Arena attack has been ordered pay back £139,000.

Susan Pain
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Susan Pain, of Kirkby, Merseyside, made 30 other fake medical claims between 2010 and 2017, totalling £140,000.

Pain, 51, admitted two counts of fraud at a previous hearing and was jailed for two years at Liverpool Crown Court in September.

At the same court, she was told to pay back £89,000 within three months.

Pain made a fraudulent claim for loss of earnings saying her daughter had been seriously hurt in the Manchester Arena terror attack in 2017, and needed two minor operations.

She also made a £6,860 claim for a son's skiing accident, the Proceeds of Crime hearing was told.

City of London Police said Pain had no children, but made claims related to children she invented.