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Condolences shared after pop concert bombing - Security reviews underway at South's venues

The emergency services have been at the Manchester venue since the bombing

Candles have been lit and prayers have been said as the South came together today to show its support for those killed and injured in the Manchester Arena terror attack.

Twenty-two people including children are now known to have lost their lives, dozens more were injured when the bomb blast ripped through the foyer of the building - after an Ariana Grande concert.

Greater security measures are being put in place right across the country, with extra police now being deployed in many of our town and cities. There are also some real security implications for shopping centres, sports stadiums, tourist attractions and music venues. Richard Jones has our report.

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Calls for more financial education

There are calls for young people to receive more financial education, especially with the high levels of debt some students owe when leaving university - having taken out loans to pay for their £9,000 a year tuition fees.

Nearly half of all young people - now go on to higher education. If Labour or the Greens win the election next month university tuition fees of more than £9,000 will be scrapped.

Other parties propose to restore maintenance grants, waive repayments for teachers who stay in the profession or even just abolish tuition fees for certain subjects. However the reality is that tens of thousands of young people currently leave University with huge debts, of typically more than forty thousand pounds.

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Solidarity from Brighton & Hove City Council in joint statement

The leaders of the three political groupings on Brighton & Hove City Council have joined together to issue a council-wide message of unity and togetherness in reaction to the bomb attack on Manchester Arena. It is below in full:

'We are shocked and appalled by the terrorist attack in Manchester last night. That any person or organisation can target innocent young people at a pop concert is unfathomable. This act is intended to frighten and divide us, but we will not be cowed and we stand together strong; united in compassion with people from all faiths and backgrounds.

We send our deepest sympathy to all affected by this horrendous attack. Our thoughts are particularly with the families and friends of those who have died and been injured. If you are worried about someone who may have been at the concert, an emergency number, 0161 856 9400, has been set up.

As a sign of respect flags on council buildings in the city will fly at half-mast today. The council will also be writing to the Leader and Chief Executive of Manchester City Council offering support.

Co-operation between the public and the police is the greatest asset in tackling the challenge the UK faces from terrorism. Sussex Police and Brighton & Hove City Council are asking all residents and communities to remain aware and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity immediately by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.

You can also report online to Sussex Police

One Voice members urge everyone to be aware and are encouraging residents and communities to report any racist, religiously motivated or other hate incidents within our communities. Please report hate incidents.

For further information and support, go to safeinthecity.info/getting-help/preventing-terrorism-and-extremism or gov.uk/ACT.'

The above joint statement has come from: Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council and Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group; Councillor Tony Janio, Leader of the Conservative Group; and Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, Convenor of the Green Group

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