Manchester Victoria station has reopened more than a week after the bomb attack at the city’s arena.
The station, attached to Manchester Arena, was shut after the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert. The attack left 22 people dead and dozens injured.
More CCTV footage of bomber Salman Abedi has been released and police are appealing for people who might have seen him carrying a blue suitcase. Police have also issued a warning to the public to not approach the blue suitcase if seen.
Forensic teams have also been seen searching a landfill site between Bury and Heywood.
The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Ian Hopkins, said that Abedi had been known to the force for “relatively minor matters” – but not for extremist views.
Staff were visibly upset as they returned to work for the first time, after being some of the first responders on the ground on the night of the attack
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling were among those to lay wreaths at the station as it reopened.
Mr Burnham told the BBC: “People went above and beyond what you would expect. Those who rushed into the danger were station staff.
“In these moments, you do see the best of people, you see the best of our public services and it is quite awe-inspiring to hear that”.
There is a sombre atmosphere among commuters as Victoria stations reopens.
The heartache is still raw following the Arena attack and some commuters are in tears as they attempt to get back to their normal routines.
People have been emotional but what unites them all is a steely defiance to carry on. Commuter Hannah Khan, 32, said: “I just want to hold my hands out and hug everyone”.
Ariana Grande has said she will return to Manchester to play a benefit gig for the victims of the attack.