At 10.30pm on 22nd May, a bomb was detonated following the end of an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester’s MEN Arena.
At the time of reporting, 22 people, including children, were killed in the attack, and the horrific incident left a further 60 injured and being treated at hospitals around the city.
Salman Abedi has been found to be the 22-year-old man responsible for the attack, and Theresa May has admitted that authorities cannot rule out the possibility that he was working as part of a terrorist network.
The event was the most devastating UK terrorist attack since the 2005 London bombing.
Since the attack occured, tributes and comments have been pouring in from notable figures, politicians and celebrities.
The Queen has today made a visit to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, in order to visit those injuried in the attack, and the staff who worked throughout the night to treat them.
Currently, 12 children under the age of 16 are still receiving treatment in the hospital.
She also released an official statement condeming the attack, and praising the bravery of the first responders,
“The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert. I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.
“I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.
“And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.”
Actor Tom Hardy has also responded to the horrific incident, by setting up a JustGiving page in order to raise money for the injured and families of the victims. So far, the page has reached over half of its £15,000 target.
Tom wrote in a statement on the page “What happened last night at the AG concert in Manchester was a tragedy; families and children attacked and murdered; in a place where they should be safe and enjoying a concert. it is an inconceivable atrocity.
There is no bringing back those who have been lost, pointlessly, in such a cowardly and brutal fashion. I am truly saddened by what I have witnessed and there is no doubt that Terrorism is an evil thing.
I hope between us we can raise some funds as a gesture of goodwill and love to help in some small way towards repairing some if any of the damage done in the wake of last nights events.
There will be much to do and for many the beginning of a new life without those that they love and also a new life damaged irrevocably by the actions of a crime which has no reason, no heartfelt purpose but was simply a cruel cowardly and barbaric, meaningless act of violence. A road to recovery unimaginable.
Pop singer Ariana herself tweeted at around 3.30am on the night of the attack, to express her devastation…
The following day, PM Theresa May also spoke out, releasing a statement at around 2.20am on Tuesday morning. She said, “We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.
“All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, also tweeted in support of those affected,
Jeremy Corbyn tweeted his statement, which also confirmed that both he and Theresa May would suspend general election campaigning until further notice.
David Beckham, who began his career in Manchester and played for the teams there at the height of his career, posted an Instagram photo expressing his sadness.
Celebrities also tweeted from across the pond, to admit their shock. Reese Witherspoon was one of the people who tweeted
Jennifer Lopez also tweeted, [twitter]https://twitter.com/JLo/status/866838556521582592[/twitter]
Cher also tweeted about her experiences at Manchester in the past: [twitter]https://twitter.com/cher/status/866794101835841536[/twitter]
Kylie Minouge has written about the attack, [twitter]https://twitter.com/kylieminogue/status/866818571245977604[/twitter]
Police have issued a number for people to call if they are concerned about loved ones: +44 0161 856 9400