A NUMBER of people have died and others have been injured following a reported explosion at Manchester Arena.
Witnesses to the incident have said that they heard a loud bang, after a pop concert by singer Ariana Grande and an explosion is said to have occurred in a ‘public area’ outside the arena.
Greater Manchester Police have said that initial numbers show that 19 people have died and more than 50 people have been injured.
The cause of the reported explosion is unknown but the police are saying that the incident is ‘being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise’.
U.S. Officials are saying via American News Agencies that the incident was carried out by a suicide bomber.
It is reported that counter-terrorism officers are assembling in London and are liaising with the Home Office. It is highly likely that a COBRA meeting will be called.
Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, has been closed and all trains cancelled. The station is to remain closed all of today, Tuesday 23 May.
Police have now confirmed the item involved in a controlled explosion in Cathedral Gardens at around 130am, was not suspicious and was in fact abandoned clothing.
Manchester Arena, the largest indoor arena in Europe, opened in 1995 and is a popular concert and sporting venue.
We are working to provide a number for anyone concerned about loved ones to contact which will be released as soon as possible
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017
Here’s what we know:
- Greater Manchester Police have said that 19 people have died and around 50 people have been injured.
- Incident is ‘being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise’.
- The arena was hosting an Ariana Grande concert and the “loud bangs” were heard just after the concert ended
- The cause of the bang has not yet been confirmed
- Train services have been cancelled and roads have been blocked
- Bomb Disposal Units are at the scene
The thoughts of Tamworth Informed are with all those involved in the incident, including the emergency services attending the incident and their families.