Police confirm fatalities following ‘explosions’ at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

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There have been reports of explosions at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, leading to fatalities and injuries.

Grande was performing at the Manchester Arena this evening, with gig-goers reporting of “bangs” being heard at the venue at the end of Grande’s performance. Police have since responded to the “serious” incident and have warned people to “stay away”. There have been reports of a bomb disposal unit arriving at the scene.

A statement from the Greater Manchester Police indicates that there are “a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured”.

Grande’s label have confirmed that the star is “okay”.

Police statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/gaKASukx9a

— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017

A bomb disposal unit has just arrived outside the Manchester Arena. Can also hear sniffer dogs being brought out of the vans pic.twitter.com/SgTPZxMLyg

— Chris Slater (@chrisslaterMEN) May 22, 2017

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police has said: “Police responded to reports of an incident at Manchester Arena. Please stay away from the area. More details to follow.”

A British Transport Police spokesman has said: “We are aware of an incident at Manchester Arena. We have officers at the scene and will provide further updates as soon as possible.”

Suzy Mitchell, 26 and who lives near the venue, told the Press Association: “(I) just heard a huge bang from my bed, came out to the front of my apartments (we’re on the top floor so have perfect view) and everyone was running away in big crowds. The bang was so big I heard it from my room which is at the back of the apartment blocks. Currently lots of emergency services going to and from. But can’t see anything substantial as of yet except fleeing people and lots of cars.”

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more news emerges.

Police responded to reports of an incident at Manchester Arena. Please stay away from the area. More details to follow….

— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017

Emergency services responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena. Avoid the area. More details will follow as soon as available

— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017

EXPLOSION AT MANCHESTER ARENA AND EVERYONE RAN OUT SO SCARY😭pic.twitter.com/pJbUBoELtE

— ♡♡ (@hannawwh) May 22, 2017

Two loud bangs heard around Manchester arena. People running out of the arena. No idea what’s going on pic.twitter.com/KaRzQckvEE

— Alan Brennan (@alanbmufc92) May 22, 2017

Armed police seem to be working to clear the area around the arena. Armed response officers are running to check the surrounding area. pic.twitter.com/FlVn751vCG

— Adam McClean (@AdamMcCleanITV) May 22, 2017

The chaos outside #manchesterarena when we were all trying to get out😫I hope everyone is okay ❤️ #Manchester pic.twitter.com/ISgx3AzJTF

— jordan mcbrearty (@JSMcbrearty) May 22, 2017

PROOF pic.twitter.com/wvWVb7MOko

— aime TODAY (@touchedher) May 22, 2017

Just got out of Manchester arena after seeing Ariana perform. There was a loud bang when the lights came on & everyone ran out screaming 😩

— Riona🌐 (@SmileFor__Niall) May 22, 2017

People receiving medical treatment outside Manchester Arena but area doesn’t seem to be evacuated which has to be a good sign pic.twitter.com/JT5nadDzo5

— Will (@WillMcHoebag) May 22, 2017

They are people that are bleeding , crying , legit injured at Manchester show at the moment. What is happening . I was there I heard a blast

— TOMMOROW//2nd show (@iMinajLovato) May 22, 2017

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