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Metrocentre reassures customers after Manchester attack

The Metrocentre shopping centre in Gateshead has released a statement following the attack in Manchester. The General Manager has sent condolences to those affected and said that security is an 'absolute priority'.

Manchester Credit: PA

“We are shocked and saddened by the atrocities committed in Manchester last night and our thoughts are with all those caught up in the tragedy.

The safety and security of our customers and staff is our absolute priority and we have very close working relationships with the security services and police at a national and local level. We also have well-rehearsed and flexible plans in place across all our centres and our staff are highly trained in security and surveillance. We would ask, as always, that our customers let us know if they see anything which causes them concern.”

– Gavin Prior, General Manager at intu Metrocentre

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Newcastle taxis offer free service from Manchester

A Newcastle taxi company is sending its cars to Manchester to bring home those from the North East who are stranded following the explosion.

Staff at Blue Line Taxis are bringing people home for free and members of the public have been in touch to offer to do this same.

It comes after 22 people were killed at an explosion at Manchester Arena on Monday night.

Anyone stranded can contact Blue Line Taxis Credit: PA

"To wake up this morning, I couldn't comprehend what had happened in Manchester. I thought if I had family there, I'd want them home.

We had a meeting and decided that this would be a good thing to do. The response from drivers has been amazing. They were all willing to go and help out wherever they could. We have even had members of public calling to offer extra vehicles."

– Andy Humphrey - Business Development and Customer Support

Manchester attack: Vigil to be held in Newcastle

People from the North East can show their support to those affected by the explosion in Manchester by attending a vigil in Newcastle.

The event will be held at Grey's Monument at 5pm.

It has been set up by Newcastle's Peace & Unity initiative to pay tribute to the 22 people who have died and to show support to the families of those who are missing.

Grey's Monument in Newcastle Credit: ITV
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