Barber shop hadn’t opened since Manchester bombing

A barber shop in the Moss Side area of Manchester raided by police hasn’t opened since Monday night’s bombing according to neighbours.

Sources say that an armed response unit arrived at the Fade Away shop in Princess Road in the early hours and that the shutter to the barbershop was cut open at about 5.15 am to gain access to the front door.

A cordon was then placed around the building at 6am and stretches to an adjoining chemist, cafe and upstairs flats.

Police have yet to confirm if the raid, near the junction of Claremont Road, is in connection with the ongoing investigation into Monday’s suicide bombing.

A marked police van is parked outside the store next to a bus stop with a number of uniformed officers guarding the cordon.

I never go there to talk to them, I don’t have my hair cut there. I don’t know if they are Libyan but I know they are Arab.

Everyone round here has noticed that the shop has not opened since Monday and they usually open every day, including Sundays.

I have seen him a few times just walking past in the street. I don’t know if he used this barbershop or he is involved with anyone there.

We’re all shocked around here about what happened on Monday and how close we are to all this. You don’t know who these people are.

– BYRON GIBBS, RUNS NEIGHBOURING SHOP