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