'I will return to Manchester': Ariana Grande to host benefit concert in aid of terror attack victims

The singer released a statement on Twitter

Singer Ariana Grande has released a statement following a terror attack at her concert in Manchester, in which she vows to return to the city. 

Taking to Twitter, the Into You singer said: "My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones.

"There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart on everything I possibly can to give to you and yours, should you want or need help in any way."

She continued by saying she has been thinking about her fans "non-stop", advising them that the only thing to be done now is to "choose how we live our lives from here on out".

"I'll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honour of and to raise money for the victims and their families.

"I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be a part of this expression of love for Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed."

Read the statement in full below:

'Significant arrests'

Police say they have "got our hands around" a large part of the network connected to Manchester Arena bombing Salman Abedi.

Britain's senior counter-terror officer Mark Rowley said "immense progress" had been made in the investigation, but further arrests were likely.

Eight people are currently being held by police in connection with the bombing, which killed 22 people.

"They are very significant, these arrests," Assistant Commissioner Rowley said.

"We are very happy we've got our hands around some of the key players that we are concerned about but there's still a little bit more to do."

Police have raided a number of businesses and homes in the hunt for those who may have helped Abedi.