Manchester terror attack: Emmerdale star Isabel Hodgins gives an eyewitness account

We just heard that bang - everybody ran and I think everybody wanted to leave and get safe

– Isabel Hodgins

23-year-old Emmerdale actress Isabel Hodgins was at the Manchester Arena explosions last night and gave us her eyewitness account of what has been described as an "appalling terrorist attack".

The soap star who plays Victoria Sugden was at the Ariana Grande concert venue when the loud bangs were heard.

Watch her eyewitness account here.

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BREAKING NEWS: 22 dead and 59 injured in Manchester explosion

An explosion at Manchester Arena has left 19 people dead and 59 injured.

Downing Street have said an emergency Cobra meeting will take place at 9am today.

Here's what we know so far:

  • The explosion struck Manchester's 02 Arena during the concert of American pop star Ariana Grande
  • The attack has left 22 people dead and 59 injured
  • 20,000 people were among the blast - most of them children or young adults
  • Greater Manchester Police said the incident took place at 10.33pm last night
  • It is being treated by police as an "appalling terrorist attack"
  • Ian Hopkins, the chief constable of Greater Manchester police said: "We’re doing all that we can, working with local and national agencies, to support those affected as we gather information about what happened"
  • Theresa May has said: "All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected"

We spoke to Charlotte Campbell who is a parent looking for her missing 15-year-old daughter Olivia Campbell ... heartbreaking

If you're concerned about any friends or relatives then contact the emergency helpline: 0161 856 9400

American pop superstar Ariana Grande tweeted the following:

More information to follow ...

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. Theresa May faces controversy over her social care reforms. A poll for Good Morning Britain shows the Tory's lead over Labour has halved. Also, the SNP launch their manifesto in Edinburgh on Tuesday morning at 11am at the EICC.

  2. EU countries meet in Brussels today to try to sort out how and when Brexit negotiations will begin.

  3. US President Donald Trump has urged Muslim countries to take the lead in combating radicalisation during a major speech in Saudi Arabia. Today he flies on to Israel.

  4. Buses and trains should ban burgers to beat obesity, experts say. They want radical new rules stopping people eating junk food on all public transport. Obesity researchers warn guzzling on the go is making Brits fat - and tempting others to be unhealthy.

  5. He's one of TVs most famous stars and he's hosting on one of the world's most famous stages! Bradley Walsh talks about Tonight At The London Palladium and outselling Zayn in the charts.

'Ignored' Rochdale sexual abuse victim speaks out

I don’t like going out because I’m scared of what I’m going to go out to

– 'Lily'

One of the victims of the Rochdale sexual abuse scandal has spoken to Good Morning Britain about how she was groomed, abused and subsequently "ignored" when she reported it.

'Lily, 22, appeared in the studio anonymously to tell us of how she was 15 when she was abused by older men in Rochdale. Her interview follows BBC drama Three Girls, which revealed how badly the victims of the abuse were treated not only by their abusers, but by the police and court system too.

On how she first became involved in the abuse, Lily explained how after the death of her parents she was living in foster care and spent her days walking the streets.

David Davis defends May's absence from the ITV Leaders' Debate

Tony Blair never did a debate, Margaret Thatcher never did a debate

– David Davis

Earlier David Davis has defended Theresa May’s decision to not take part in last night’s ITV Leaders' Debate saying Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher never took part in a debate either.

The absent Conservative leader came under attack from the other political party members during the fiery debate.

When David was pressed about his Brexit plans he told us: "My aim and my expectation is that we’re going to get a free trade agreement - we're going to get a decent agreement with them".

Watch the full interview above.

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