Late last night (22 May), a suspected terror attack took place at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Reports reveal that 22 people have been killed and around 59 people injured, with at least 60 ambulances sent to the Manchester Arena – also known as the MEN – to care for victims.
Since the attack, where a suicide bomber detonated a device in the lobby of the arena, the people of Manchester have come out in full force to support those affected. Locals have been offering up free rooms, beds and couches for people unable to get home with the hashtag #RoomForManchester trending on Twitter. Alongside locals sending support, many celebrities have also sent their condolences.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Broken hearted for the families tonight. Broken hearted for Ari. Broken hearted for the state of this world. 😔
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 23, 2017
Our hearts are with everyone in Manchester this morning, had some incredible times playing that arena. Unbelievably sad xx
— KasabianHQ (@KasabianHQ) May 23, 2017
Unbelievable news about Manchester tonight. Absolutely horrific. Sending so much love.
— BASTILLE (@bastilledan) May 23, 2017
Absolutely devastated for those effected in Manchester. Such a wonderful city. Sending all my love and thoughts. Xxx
— Vicky McClure (@Vicky_McClure) May 23, 2017
If you're laying there not wanting to get up because of this horrific tragedy, hate wins. Get up, spread love, be kind and help if you can
— Greg James (@gregjames) May 23, 2017
Due to the severity of the incident all campaigning for the upcoming General Election in June has been suspended until further notice. Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to make an announcement at some point today with many politicians, in the UK and abroad, offering their condolences to those affected.
I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester. My thoughts are with families and friends of those who have died and been injured. pic.twitter.com/QoCXH8qPYW
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 23, 2017
Heartbreaking news from Manchester. My thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones or been injured in this barbaric attack.
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 23, 2017
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of last night's horrendous attack in Manchester and their loved ones. (1/2)
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers to the families of #Manchester.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 23, 2017
Alongside the well-wishing and sympathy there has already been a lot of fake news making the rounds. From images of apparent ‘missing’ young people – many who were not even at the concert – to people claiming to have lost family members for RTs, it shows that there is still some negativity and attention seeking surrounding internet users.
This is an ongoing story and more information can be found on many major news networks.