It is indeed a dark day here for all of us in Manchester after what happened at the MEN Arena last night, our big football teams offered statements:
Manchester United said in their statement :
Everyone at Manchester United is deeply shocked by last night’s terrible events at the Manchester Arena.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected, including our supporters, club staff and members of our community such as the children from our Manchester United Foundation partner schools who were attending the concert at the Arena.
Club staff are ready to help the police and other emergency services in any way that may be required at this challenging time for our city.
Old Trafford’s Megastore, Museum, Red Cafe and Stadium Tour are all closed to the public today.
Greater Manchester Police have provided an emergency number for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area. The number is 0161 856 9400.
The police are asking people to be alert and to report any suspicious activity on the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789321 or by dialling 999. Anyone who may have images or footage from last night that could aid the investigation should upload them to Ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or Ukpoliceimageappeal.com.
People who wish to help by donating blood can do so at several medical centres in Manchester. For opening times and locations, see https://my.blood.co.uk/SessionFinder or call 0300 123 23 23.
And Manchester City said in their statement:
The thoughts and prayers of our ownership, Board and everyone at Manchester City are with the people of Manchester and all those affected following the horrifying events of last night’s Manchester Arena attack.
We have offered our full support throughout the night and this morning to the leaders of the City of Manchester itself and to the Emergency Services who are doing so much to support our city in these most challenging of circumstances.
The Etihad Stadium is being used as a support centre following the tragic events and Greater Manchester Police have advised that anyone needing assistance relating to the attack can access that help at the Etihad Stadium via Gate 11.
Information about how to reach the Etihad Stadium can be found here.
GMP have issued an emergency number for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area. It is 0161 856 9400.