Andy Burnham: Manchester mayor's statement in full

Posted May 26, 2017

Theresa May says such attacks "will not break us", but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues.

"There can be nothing worse than losing a child in a situation like this".

He said: "I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack and to the many killed and the families, so many families, of the victims. They gave the best possible response to those who seek to divide us". We can't stand any more slaughter of innocent people ... The 47-year-old former cabinet minister, Labour leadership candidate and now mayor of Greater Manchester called the attack "an evil act" as he tried to articulate the feelings of fellow Mancunians.

Our immediate priority is to support them. There is nothing courageous about attacking young and vulnerable at a concert. They "feel like they are being disbanded from two societies, Libyan society and British society", he said.

A lone male attacker, who died in the blast, was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated in the foyer area of the Arena at around 10:30pm.

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Burnham said he thinks the leak is "wrong, it is arrogant, and it is disrespectful to the people of Greater Manchester and particular to the families of those injured during this, our darkest hour".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "It is incomprehensible that someone could use a joyful pop concert to kill or seriously injure so many people".

Suzy Mitchell, 26, whose flat is opposite the venue, reported a huge bang rocking the neighbourhood.

"We have to ensure that terrorism never wins".

"The bang was so big I heard it from my room, which is at the back of the apartment blocks".

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The Salford Star editor's daughter, Anya, age 13, was at the Ariana Grande concert with her friend and her older cousins.

She said: "I'm really shaken and can't process what happened as so many people were there with children".

The suicide bomber who attacked the stadium after Ariana Grande's concert does not represent Muslims, in the same way that Thomas Mair, the man who killed Jo Cox does not represent "white Christians", the mayor of Greater Manchester has said.

Atherton Parish Church at Market Place will be open between 5pm and 7pm for anyone affected by the atrocity.

For information about casualties call police on 0800 0960095.

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