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Minute’s silence to be held at Southwark council offices for Manchester terror attack victims

A minute’s silence will be held at Southwark’s council offices to remember all those killed and injured in last night’s attack in Manchester.

The silence will be held at 11am today at the council offices in Tooley Street in the wake of the horrific attack which took place at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

The attack, which is being treated as a terrorist incident by police, has so far claimed the lives of 22 people and left at least 59 injured.

It is believed the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber using an improvised explosive device.

Police were called to reports of an explosion at 10.33pm, shortly after US singer Ariana Grande had finished her performance and thousands of people streamed out of the venue.

Many children and families were caught up in the attack, and family and friends of people still missing today have been sharing their details in a bid to find their loved ones.

Responding to the horrific attack, Southwark council Leader Cllr Peter John, said: “Each time there is an attack on our country and our freedom we resolve to stand tall and united, and today is no exception, but first we stop and remember those who tragically lost their lives or were injured in last night’s horrendous attack in Manchester.

“That the victims were, on the whole, children, young people and families, enjoying what should have been a fun evening out, makes the attack all the more difficult to bear.

“Our hearts go out to those affected, but we will, as a country, get through this together.

“Understandably Southwark residents will be feeling worried, and I would urge you all to remain vigilant and report anything unusual to the police. And on behalf of all of Southwark,  I would like to say to the people of Manchester, our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with you.”

The public is asked to remain alert and report any suspicious behaviour to the Anti Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or to call 999.

Anyone with concerns over loved ones can contact 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900 for assistance.


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