A man has been arrested by North Yorkshire Police after complaints about somebody appearing on social media wearing a Halloween costume depicting Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi.
Abedi killed 22 people as well as himself when he detonated a bomb at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at the arena in May 2017.
Pictures of a man wearing an Arabic-style headdress, with the slogan “I love Ariana Grande” on his T-shirt, and carrying a rucksack with “Boom” and “TNT” written on the front, caused fury when they were posted earlier this week.
In a statement tonight (Wednesday), North Yorkshire Police said: “North Yorkshire Police can confirm that 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 was arrested on November 1 on suspicion of a number of offences including using a public communication network to send offensive messages.
“He remains in police custody for questioning at this time.”
Police have made no comment about where the arrest was made.
In an update issued on Thursday the force said: “The man has been released on conditional police bail to allow for further enquiries to be carried out.”
Suicide bomber Abedi died from blast injuries and took 22 innocent people with him at the end of an Ariana Grande show, an inquest ruled last month.
Among his victims were York husband and wife Marcin, 42, and Angelika Klis, 39, whose death left their two daughters orphaned.