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Prince William meets hero cop who helped Manchester victims while searching for his own daughter

Prince William meets Pc Michael Buckley, who helped victims while searching for his own daughter

Prince William has made a surprise visit to Manchester in the wake of the terror attack that claimed the lives of 22 people and injured more than 100 last week.

On his first stop at Greater Manchester Police headquarters, the Duke of Cambridge met a police officer who tended to injured victims of Salman Abedi's homemade bomb at Manchester Arena while frantically searching for his own 15-year-old daughter.

Pc Michael Buckley, 47, was off duty and waiting for Stephanie outside the Ariana Grande concert when the bomb exploded on Monday May 22.

He was eventually reunited with the teenager, who suffered concussion and some crush injuries, in the early hours of the morning.

Mr Buckley was among the first responders to meet William, who asked about his daughter.

"She's shaken up but she's getting better," he told the prince.

  • Prince William arrives at Greater Manchester Police HQ

Recalling the aftermath of the bombing, Mr Buckley said: "When I walked into the foyer of the arena it was absolute devastation, there were people screaming, others crying and others making no sound at all.

"I knew my daughter was in there somewhere."

As he helped those caught up in the attack, he desperately tried to make contact with Stephanie.

"I eventually met her in a hotel in the early hours of the morning," Mr Buckley said.

"She just ran to me and grabbed hold of me but I couldn't hold her because I was covered in other people's blood."

Mr Buckley said the Duke had questioned him about the attack, adding: "He was asking if we were getting enough support.

"It's nice that he took the time out to come and show us what we did is appreciated."

Prince William meeting cadets in Manchester Credit: PA

The Prince then made his way to Manchester Cathedral where he met first responders and members of the local community who provided vital care and support to those affected by the attack, including representatives from St John's Ambulance, Northern Rail and the British Red Cross.

He met Haseeb Khan, 23, who with twin brother Bilal delivered food and water to emergency workers the day after the attack.

Haseeb Khan said Prince William told them they were "a shining light for the young Manchester community."

"I think those words will stay with me for a long time," Mr Khan added.

Twins Haseeb and Bilal Khan delivered food and water to emergency workers after the attack

William praised the response of people in the city in the wake of the attack.

In a book of condolence at the cathedral, he wrote: "Manchester's strength and togetherness is an example to the world.

"My thoughts are with all those affected."

Prince William meets first responders and members of the local community in Manchester Cathedral Credit: PA

After the Cathedral, Prince William made his way to the Manchester Royal Infirmary to meet some of the young survivors of the arena attack.

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Last week the Queen offered her support to victims as she visited injured at the city's children's hospital and called the suicide bombing "very wicked".

Around 50 people are still in hospital, with 17 remaining in critical care.