Bomber is described as a lone male with an improvised explosive device
Police have confirmed that 22 people were killed and 59 others injured last night when a bomb went off at a concert by US pop singer Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena. The attack is being treated as a terror incident.
An improvised explosive device exploded at 10.35pm last night, just as people were leaving the 21,000-capacity venue. The lone attacker was killed in the blast, but it is not yet known if this was a 'lone wolf' attack or if the bomber had links to terrorist groups. What is known is that there were several children among the dead.
Trains and trams in and out of the nearby Victoria Station will not be running today, and all of Britain's main political parties have agreed to put general election campaigning on hold. For anyone who is concerned about friends and relatives who may have been at the concert, there is a hotline number to call: 0161 856 9400.
Following the attack, Ariana Grande - who was thankfully unhurt in the blast - tweeted: "Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."
A statement later posted by her manager said: "Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack. We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act. We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester's first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives. We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers."
The music community both in the UK and worldwide have also been posting messages of condolence and solidarity on Twitter. We've retweeted many of them, so won't repeat them all here, but let's hope former Haçienda resident Dave Haslam is right; he tweets: "You've got the wrong city if you think hate will tear us apart."