Bystander leads 50 teens to safety in aftermath of Manchester Arena bombing


Bystander leads 50 teens to safety in aftermath of Manchester Arena bombing

Dozens of children and teenagers, separated from their parents in last night's attack in Manchester, were led to safety by a member of the public.

Paula Robinson, 48, from West Dalton, told the Manchester Evening News she was at Manchester Victoria railway station, close to the arena, when the attack took place.

At least 22 people, including minors, were killed and 59 injured when a lone male suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device as fans left a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande, police have said.

According to a number of eyewitnesses thousands of people flee the scene after a loud explosion occurred at approximately 10:45pm.

Mr Hopkins said: "This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see".

Mancunians from taxi drivers to home owners have stepped in to help victims of the blast.

Rooms were all booked, but hotel staff provided people with water and orange juice while they stayed there. "It was literally seconds after the explosion". I got the teens to run with me.

"We have got about 50 kids with us waiting to be picked up, they are safe we will look after them", Ms Robinson wrote in a Facebook, which was then circulated on Twitter.

"Please repost for any parents with children at M.E.N".

He added: "There has been reports of a number of unaccompanied children being bought to a Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express in the area, however these are incorrect". But as police and ambulance crews attended those injured, many concertgoers were unable to reunite with friends and loved ones, while those taken to hospital for treatment weren't immediately able to update on where they were.

Prime Minister Theresa May pointed out the many "acts of kindness" in the aftermath of the attack and she praised the first responders at the scene.

But the people of Manchester are proving an wonderful show of strength and solidarity amid these bad events, coming together via social media to offer help and assistance for those caught up in the attack.

Manchester Police have set up an emergency number - 0161 856 9400 - for those who are concerned about relatives or loved ones who may have been in the area.