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If You See A Bee Tattoo, It Means Something Important (Photos)

| by Sean Kelly

People have been getting bee tattoos for a shocking reason -- to support the victims of the terrorist attack in Manchester, England. 

The bee has been an emblem for Manchester since the Industrial Revolution, meant to symbolize the city's historical hard-working reputation. Since the devastating attack at an Ariana Grande concert, people have been getting the symbol tattooed on their bodies in memory of the victims and in support of survivors, The Sun reported.

In many cases, tattoo artists across England offered to do the tattoo and donate the proceeds to charity. 

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Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins recently commented on their efforts in the matter.

"I want to provide you with an update about the progress of the investigation to date," Hopkins' statement read, The Telegraph reported. 

You will all be aware that officers are currently responding to an incident in Hulme. A suspicious package has now been deemed safe and the cordon has now been removed.

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Can I stress at this stage that this incident is not necessarily linked to the wider investigation but I hope people will understand that we will always take any reports seriously.

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. 

These searches will take several days to complete, as you would expect, therefore there will be some disruption. However, it is important that we continue with these searches.

Alongside the investigation we have a team of specially trained officers who have been supporting the families of those who tragically lost their lives.

Last night the family liaison officers shared with them the fact that intelligence had been leaked and published in the New York Times. It is absolutely understandable that this has caused much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss.

A statement was issued by the National Counter Terrorism Police Network last night. I do not wish to add anything further to this and I will not be commenting on information sharing arrangements with our international partners.

It will take some days before formal identification can take place but we are assisting the families who want to provide a tribute to their loved ones.

To be clear this is not formal identification and is part of our efforts to support the families. I know how important it is to them that the media are supporting the tributes to their loved ones.

We have been overwhelmed by the support from members of the public and I would ask for their patience while the investigation continues.

Since the attack, 21 of the 22 victims have been identified. 

BBC reported that the attacker, Salman Abedi, was a 22-year-old born in Manchester to Libyan parents. A former classmate told the outlet that Abedi was a "very jokey lad" but also "very short tempered."

Sources: The Sun, The Telegraph, BBC / Photo credit: Pexels, Instagram via The Sun

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