Manchester Arena terror attack: What it means for stadium security in Australia

Owen Stevens
May 23, 2017

"With regards to the ongoing investigation into last night's horrific attack at the Manchester Arena, we can confirm we have arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester", police said in a statement.

Mrs May, who spoke after chairing a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee, added: "All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people but this attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice - deliberately targeting innocent defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives".

They used the hashtag #RoomForManchester to offer help to distraught people after their night of music ended in tragedy with a suicide bomber blowing himself up at the arena, killing at least 22 people and injuring 59 others. A CNN journalist saw a heavy armed police presence in parts of the city, particularly outside the Royal Infirmary Hospital where several victims are being treated.

Quite a bit is still unknown about the reported explosions, but Manchester police have announced that they're treating it as a terrorist attack until they have reason to believe otherwise.

"We are providing every possible support through the counter-terrorism network as investigators work tirelessly to understand what has happened", she said.

A spokesman for Ariana Grande said that she was "okay".

Queen Elizabeth also condemned the attack, describing it as an "act of barbarity".

"Ariana Grande had just finished her last song and left the stage when a huge explosion sounded", witness Evie Brewster told the Daily Mail. She said authorities were trying to determine if he had an accomplice.

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The first victim of the attack has been named as 16-year-old Georgina Callander.

The Manchester Arena or MEN is the city's largest indoor venue with a concert capacity of around 21,000.

Olivia is 15. Her mother, Charlotte, told British media that her daughter is not answering her phone.

"If anyone sees her contact me".

A number of election events were planned for Tuesday including the launch of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) manifesto and the unveiling of a Sinn Féin billboard in north Belfast but these were deferred as a mark of respect for those who died and were injured in the suicide bombing. "Those who want to destroy our way of life and divide us will never succeed", he said.

Witnesses said they saw bolts and other bits of metal, indicating the bomb may have contained shrapnel meant to maximize injury and death.

This is the worst terror attack in the United Kingdom since 56 people were killed in the 7 July London bombings in 2005.

She said her daughter was devastated.

Other reports by VgToday

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