Floral tributes and police near Manchester Arena. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA
British police have resumed sharing information with their counterparts in the US after a brief suspension over a series of leaks by American officials to journalists providing details of the Manchester bomb investigation.
The suspension, announced early on Thursday morning, lasted less than 24 hours. It was primarily intended to send a message to US law enforcement agencies registering anger at the casual way in which sensitive information was disclosed to American journalists.
Mark Rowley, the UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, confirmed that they had “received fresh assurances” from the US and were now working closely with them again.
The suspension was imposed after US officials disclosed to American journalists the identity of the Manchester bomber, Salman Abedi, and other details that had been passed to the US by Greater Manchester police and by Rowley’s London-based counter-terrorism team. The police had wanted to keep the name under wraps for 36 hours or more in order not to alert any of Abedi’s associates.