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Panic as shoppers flee Manchester's Arndale Centre

A shopper has described a scene of panic as scores of people were told to flee Manchester's Arndale Shopping Centre.

The cause of the reported evacuation - hours after the suicide bomb attack at the city's Manchester Arena - is not yet known.

"We were in the Arndale and things were shutting and we all got told to run," the woman told reporters outside the central shopping centre.

"They smashed all the windows down in the Arndale to get out. I thought I heard some bang and then everyone started running."

Police 'have identified Manchester suicide bomber'

Theresa may said police are still working to find out if the attacker had an accomplice.

Police believe they know the identity of the suicide bomber who launched a deadly attack at a concert in Manchester last night, Theresa May has said.

The Prime Minister did not give the name of the suspected killer in a update on the situation today.

She said that police were still working to establish if the bomber had plotted alone or if he had an accomplice.

The male attacker is understood to have died in the blast along with 21 others while at least 59 were injured.

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PM: Manchester has fallen victim to 'callous terror attack'

Prime Minister Theresa May said the 'bravery' of the city and emergency services met the 'cowardice' of the attacker.

Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned the Manchester Arena suicide attack as one of the "worst terrorist incidents" the UK has ever seen.

"The people of Manchester and the UK have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack - an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with callous calculation," Mrs May said.

She made the statement after chairing an emergency Cobra meeting at Downing Street.

Mrs May said the "cowardice of the attacker was met by the bravery of the emergency services and the people of Manchester".

She said: "We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young people not as a scene to cherish but as a scene for carnage."

Manchester vigil planned for 'city to come together'

A vigil will be held tonight for victims of Monday night's attack Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham has said a vigil will be held in the centre of Manchester tonight as "there is a need for the city to come together".

The vigil will be held at 6pm in Albert Square outside the town hall.

Speaking in the wake of the attack at Manchester Arena, Mr Burnham said: "It is important that we send out that clear message that though we are grieving we are strong, we are together."

Hospitals have 'all the blood required' after attack

Hospitals have "all the blood required" to treat patients following last night's Manchester bombing, England's blood service has said.

Give Blood NHS tweeted: "We have all the blood required for hospital patients at the present time."

However, people with an appointment to give blood in the next few days were urged to keep it.

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Scotland Yard flies flag at half mast for Manchester victims

Scotland Yard is flying its flag at half mast in tribute to the victims of the deadly suicide attack at Manchester Arena last night.

The London force posted a photo on Twitter with a message saying they stand together with those affected by the "devastating" attack.

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Manchester Police have said that 22 people are dead and 59 injured after the blast at an Ariana grande concert.

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Mum of missing girl: 'I don't even know if she's alive yet'

The mother of a 15-year-old girl missing after the Manchester suicide attack has said she is "heartbroken" as she waits for news.

Olivia Campbell, has not been seen since the concert and her phone is not connecting.

Olivia Campbell, 15, was at the concert struck by a suicide attack. Credit: ITV/GMB

Her mother Charlotte said that scores of people were helping search for the teenager but none has found any sign so far.

I’m heartbroken at the moment, because I don’t know where she is. I don’t know if she’s alive even yet.

We’ve tried her Facebook in every way, people are Twittering her, Instagramming her, Face Timing her, they are just trying on every social media site going.

We are constantly ringing her phone but it is just going straight through saying that it cannot be connected at the moment.

– Charlotte Campbell
  • Concerned relatives and friends have been urged to call an emergency police hotline on 0161 856 9400.

'They told us ... it were a balloon. It weren't a balloon.'

One concert-goer told ITV News panicked fans racing out of Manchester Arena after a loud explosion were stopped from running by staff and told to "calm down" as it was "only a balloon".

"We heard a bang and I just run for me life," she said. "They told us to calm down cos it were a balloon. It weren't a balloon."

The Ariana Grande fan said she and others were held for a few minutes before being allowed to leave the venue, whereupon they learned of the bombing that has now claimed at least 22 lives.

Met Police chief: Manchester attack 'utterly appalling'

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick Credit: Victoria Jones/PA

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has described last night's attack on a gig in Manchester as "utterly appalling" as she pledged that there will be more police on duty in London in the wake of the "horrific events".

She said: “This is an utterly appalling attack. My thoughts are with the people of Manchester as they try to come to terms with the horrific events that took place in their city last night.Our colleagues from Greater Manchester Police and their emergency services showed huge bravery as they ran towards the confusion and danger.

“We are providing every possible support through the counter terrorism network as investigators work tirelessly to understand what has happened.

“Here in the Capital we put extra police officers on duty as Londoners started their journeys into work. This will continue for as long as it is needed, and the mix of armed and unarmed officers are there to reassure."

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