Police arrest man who dressed up as Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi for Halloween and posted snaps on Facebook with a rucksack 'bomb'

Thursday 2 November 2023

A 40-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly dressing up as Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi for Halloween.

The man, reported to be David Wootton, posted a picture on Facebook of him in an Arabic-style headdress and a T-shirt with the slogan "I love Ariana Grande".

He also published a picture of a rucksack painted with the words "Boom" and "TNT' with a caption that read: "Bet I get kicked out of the party".

North Yorkshire Police confirmed the man arrested had been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The man had a rucksack labelled 'Boom' and 'TNT'.

In a statement, the force said: "North Yorkshire Police can confirm a man has been arrested after the force received complaints about a man wearing an offensive costume on social media, depicting murderer, Salman Abedi who killed 22 people at Manchester Arena.

"The man, who is aged in his 40s, was arrested on 1 November on suspicion of a number of offences including using a public communication network to send offensive messages."

Mr Abedi killed 22 people, some of whom were children, as well as himself when he detonated a device in the foyer of Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at the arena in May 2017. 

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