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Family of Manchester Arena victim Martyn Hett: 'We will work to build a voice for survivors'

29 year old Martyn Hett was one of the 22 people murdered in the Manchester Arena attack. Credit: MEN Media

The family of a young man killed in the Manchester Arena bombing have joined others affected by terrorism to set up a new campaign group.

29 year old Martyn Hett was one of the 22 people murdered in the Manchester Arena attack.

His brother and mother have helped to found the 'Survivors Against Terror' group, which launches today.

Its members want better support and more effective government policies to tackle terrorism.

Our collective view is that terrorism can be defeated, but only if we pull together as a country to fight it more effectively.

We will work to build a voice for survivors.

– Survivors Against Terror

The group plans to conduct a survey of those affected by terrorism, and to go into schools to talk to children about the impact of hatred.

They want to make sure support is consistent for victims across the country.

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Terrorism survivors create campaign group with victims' families

The Manchester Arena bombing killed 22 people Credit: PA

Relatives of those killed in terror attacks, including the Manchester Arena bombing, are working with attack survivors to campaign for more help for victims.

The 'Survivors Against Terror' group will be launched today. Its members want better support and more effective government policies to tackle terrorism

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'That day in May': A teenager's moving poem about the Manchester Arena attack

A teenager who escaped from the Manchester Arena on the night of the terror attack has written a poem about her experiences.

Katie Farnsworth, from Newton Heath, was at the concert with her sister... but they stayed in the auditorium after it finished and missed the deadly blast on the on concourse which killed 22 people and injured many more.

Katie (on the right) escaped the blast without injury. Credit: family photo

Katie says she wrote the poem to help her come to terms wth the events on that night in May last year.

Here's an extract of it:

The day began

That day in May,

Bursting with excitement

Seeing Ariana Grande

We were ready early

And left straight away

Oh boy we will never

Forget this day,

Dad picked us up quickly

And in the car we sang

Those Dangerous woman tunes,

before the loud bang.

We never knew

Before this harrowing crime

That some people had sung

For One last time

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New help for people traumatised by Manchester Arena attack

A dedicated mental health service has been launched to support those affected by the Manchester terror attack. It will help people who were at the concert, their families and friends plus the emergency responders.

They'll focus on how people are coping with flashbacks and disturbed sleep.

As well as the 22 people who died there were 250 injured but the impact sadly spreads way beyond and worryingly many of those affected are young children as Andrew Fletcher reports:

Man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences released without charge

Police outside the Manchester Arena after the 22 May suicide bombing. Credit: Press Association

A 19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences, in connection with the investigation into the attack at Manchester Arena, has been released without charge.

The search at the property on Thelwall Avenue in Fallowfield has concluded and cordons have been lifted.

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