GCHQ opening new Manchester base after concert terror attack

GCHQ has announced plans to build a new intelligence base in Manchester to bolster the country's defences against terror. The security agency will open a new facility next year in the city struck by a bomb that killed 22 people. Officials said the base would be "at the heart of the nation's security, using cutting-edge technology and technical ingenuity" to thwart threats. Jeremy Fleming, the director of GCHQ, said he was "delighted" and the move would create hundreds of jobs. "Our new facility will open up a huge new pool of highly talented, tech-savvy recruits vital to our future success," he said. Mr Fleming also praised the city's response to the terror attack on an Arianna Grande concert at Manchester Arena last year. "It is also a city known for its tolerance and inclusivity, which last year was tragically attacked by someone who had neither. He said: "Manchester is a city full of innovation and talent. "In that difficult time, we at GCHQ drew strength from the togetherness and resilience shown by all of Manchester's communities. That's how you tackle terrorism." @sky News (Marlon Deinmodei)