IN THE WAKE of the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at Manchester Arena on Monday, the terror alert level has been raised from ‘severe’ to ‘critical’ across the UK.

Police have not confirmed whether the bomber, named as Salman Abedi, acted independently or as part of a wider network.

However, the increased alert level signals that an additional attack is imminent.

The threat has not reached critical levels since before the 7/7 bombings in June 2007.

Though tensions are high across Manchester, thousands of people took to the streets on Wednesday to show their support for first responders, police and victims.

Throughout the city, charitable organisations and residents were seen handing out free food and water to emergency officials and journalists reporting on the incident.

Samantha James, of Wigan, collected food and drink donations from a local Tesco. She and her daughter drove to Manchester on Tuesday morning to spend the afternoon passing out refreshments along the police cordon.

Mrs James said: “I saw the news this morning and we just wanted to come, show our respects and just help the police officers, make sure they’re watered and fed while they’re on duty because they are doing a great job.”

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