Metro mayors rally around Manchester after terror attack

England’s metro mayors have rallied around Manchester after it suffered the worst attack in its history.

Around 10.30pm on Monday evening, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive in the foyer of the Manchester Arena at the end of a concert from pop-star Ariana Grande.

Speaking to the BBC, mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham described the attack as an “evil act”, adding that it was hard to believe what had happened.

“Our first thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured and we will do whatever we can to support them,” said Burnham.

“We are grieving today but we are strong. Today it will be business as usual as far as possible in our great city.

“I want to thank the hundreds of police, fire and ambulance staff who worked through the night in the most difficult circumstances imaginable.”

Burham’s Labour counterpart Steve Rotheram, mayor of Liverpool City Region, also sent an impassioned message to the people of Manchester as he said Liverpool “stood shoulder to shoulder with you” after the attack.

And Andy Street, West Midlands Combined Authority mayor, also revealed he was “deeply shocked at the news from Manchester”, emphasising: “We must all be particularly vigilant today as we demonstrate solidarity and defiance.”

Like many around the country, Street also tweeted that he was attending a candlelit vigil in the centre of Birmingham for the victims of the attack.

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley mayor, also pitched in: “I want to express my sympathy, condolences and solidarity with the people of Manchester following the terrible events experienced at their arena.

“This was a barbaric and evil act and every parent will feel hurt in their heart at the targeting of innocent children. Terrorism can happen anywhere and Manchester is expressing the best response the north of England can offer, they have come together to defy those who wish them harm.”

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough mayor James Palmer argued he was “sickened” by the news – adding that his thought and prayers go out to those affected by the attack.  

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