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Around 9pm, the van and car were picked up Nike Long Sleeve Womens on the M6 near Coventry and they were last spotted near Walsall.
Two weeks later, the man called again. The money had been lost in the post and the lorry sold to someone else.
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It had been bought in Peterborough, and the day before the blast was driven to London, where cameras picked it up on the M1. That evening it heading north accompanied by a burgundy Ford Granada that would be used as a getaway car. It had stopped somewhere to be loaded with one and a half tons of explosive, made up of fertilizer and sugar.
Manchester awoke on Sunday, June 16, 1996, to the sound of wailing burglar alarms and Nike Grey Tracksuit Mens
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And Digit 6 had been used to call a man who police regarded as an IRA 'quartermaster'. He was telephoned twice at home in Ireland from Manchester three and four minutes after the van with the bomb was abandoned on June 15. The number was never used again.
The same caller had contacted Mr Loveridge from Manchester on June 13, two days before the bomb exploded.
And it was this Ford Cargo vehicle that became the focus of the police inquiry. Detectives used painstaking police work, coupled with advancing technology, to trace the van's prior movements and history.
It was discovered that more than one call had come from a mobile phone, used on the British mainland and linked to an Irish man who would become a suspect in the plot. The number became known as Digit 6.
Police began to consult telecommunications experts to establish what phone numbers had called Mr Loveridge's home on certain days in June.
Police linked these men to the Manchester plot team starting with the 2,000 sent to Mr Loveridge for the first van that went missing in the post.
Around 15 minutes later it was on the eastbound M62 and by 9.19am, it was filmed outside Marks Spencer on Corporation Street. It would travel no further. reporter: 'I embarrased the police and paid the price for it'
That morning, a team of detectives, led by Det Supt Bernard Rees, met at Longsight police station and opened the investigation into the previous day's bombing. Few people in the city will ever forget the grainy footage that captured the illegally parked van as it exploded spewing a mushroom cloud of smoke and debris into the sunny sky.
the sight of unprecedented carnage. The sirens from the damaged buildings inside the cordon would blare out until their batteries died. Shocked Mancunians surveyed the devastation and set about the long process of rebuilding their city. That morning, a team of detectives, led by Det Supt Bernard Rees, met at Longsight police station and opened the investigation into the previous day's bombing. Few people in the city will ever forget the grainy footage that captured the illegally parked van as it exploded spewing a mushroom cloud of smoke and debris into the sunny sky.
The Crown Prosecution Service agreed there was sufficient evidence for an arrest but did not think there was a realistic chance of securing a conviction on the available evidence. So, despite the brilliant police work, a key suspect in the Manchester bomb plot was never arrested, questioned or charged.
Now they had to find out who he had sold the van to. Mr Loveridge only talked to buyers on the phone, he never met them. He advertised second hand vehicles in trade magazines and one, not the Ford Cargo van, Nike Long Sleeve Football Shirt
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It transpired the money had been wrongly addressed and seized by Irish police as it was returned to the Republic.
Official police papers revealed that senior investigating officers were convinced their suspect in the conspiracy should have been arrested. They felt he had a 'substantial case to answer'.
Mr Loveridge offered the Irish man a Ford Cargo instead, also for 2,000. The buyer said this time the cash would be hand delivered. The money was sent by taxi to Mr Loveridge's home by a man with an Irish accent, who had dictated the address so it would be in the cabbie's handwriting.
had caught the eye of an Irish man.
And a third link was uncovered in the flat of Patrick Martin, another of the London conspirators. A cigarette paper was found containing seven coded phone numbers which were unravelled by experts. One of the numbers was traced to a relative of Manchester police's suspect.
Using a bogus name, he called Mr Loveridge about this vehicle, agreed a price of 2,000 and said he would send the cash by registered post.
The following day June 15, 1996 the van was again seen on the M6, near Knutsford, at 8.17am, an hour before it was abandoned in Manchester.
The car dealer was instructed to leave the van at a local lorry park with keys under a seat and documents in the glove box.
GMP was working closely with the Metropolitan police and established circumstantial evidence linking London based IRA men with the Manchester bomb plot. Six men based in the capital were captured a month after the blast and were jailed in 1998 for conspiracy to cause explosions in London. By July 2000, they had all been released under the peace agreement.
Many of these banknotes were very close in serial number to some recovered from the London address of Donal Gannan, one of the six convicted. Gannan had also been in phone contact with the same 'quartermaster' phoned by Digit 6 on the day of the bomb.
Surveillance of the van revealed its number plate was A214 ACL. Detectives traced the vehicle to a man in the south east, who told officers he had sold it to unwitting Peterborough car dealer Arthur Loveridge.
in Staffordshire or Cheshire, although they never could establish where.
Manchester awoke on Sunday, June 16, 1996, to the sound of wailing burglar alarms and the sight of unprecedented carnage. The sirens from the damaged buildings inside the cordon would blare out until their batteries died. Shocked Mancunians surveyed the devastation and set about the long process of rebuilding their city.
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