Armed police on Wigan street

An armed officer outside the house in Springfield Street. Picture sent in by reader
An armed officer outside the house in Springfield Street. Picture sent in by reader

The man arrested in Wigan yesterday in connection with the Manchester attack had been staying at an address near the town centre, Wigan Today understands.

Police raided the address on Springfield Street in Swinley in the early hours of Thursday.

Springfield Street, police car stationed outside this morning (Thursday)

Springfield Street, police car stationed outside this morning (Thursday)

The man was not the registered tenant but had been staying at the location for an unspecified period of time.

Residents of the other flats at the premises have now been allowed back into their rooms.

But a police presence remains on the street and the flat in question remains under guard.

One resident speaking about the early hours raid said: “I was watching TV and I heard some loud noises from my neighbour’s and then there were lights everywhere outside.

I want to reassure people that the arrests that we have made are significant

Chief constable Ian Hopkins

“I opened the door because I was surprised what was going on and a police man said to me go back in, everything is okay.

“But outside there were around about 10 officers.”

Another resident said he saw an officer with a gun outside at around 1.30am.

Police vans were also sent to the scene and were spotted by a veterinary practice’s employees arriving for work at around 8am.

At 9am two officers were standing guard on the front doorstep of an address on the quiet residential street.

GMP confirmed on Thursday afternoon a property in Wigan was being searched in connection with the Manchester Arena attack.

A statement read: “We made an arrest in Wigan yesterday in connection with the investigation into the horrific incident at Manchester Arena.

“Following this arrest, a house in Wigan was raided this morning and is currently being searched.”

A statement from chief constable Ian Hopkins earlier on Thursday said: “As regards the full ongoing investigation we currently have eight people who have been arrested in connection with Monday’s attack. They are all men. A woman who was arrested yesterday has since been released. The arrests have taken place in Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton. We are now carrying out associated searches at a number of addresses.

“These have been an intense three days for the officers and staff of Greater Manchester Police, along with the National Counter Terrorist Policing Network and UK intelligence services.

“I want to reassure people that the arrests that we have made are significant, and initial searches of premises have revealed items that we believe are very important to the investigation.”

The terraced property is understood to house several privately rented flats with a number of tenants.

Neighbours say police officers have been at the property throughout Thursday.