Queen issues statement
First victim named
Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, told Sky News that his children knew friends who had been at the concert.
While terrorist attacks had happened before, this was “of a different order”, Farron said:
This a terrorist attack deliberately targeted at children having the time of their lives. It was cowardly, it was deliberate, it is beyond wicked.
And that is why it is right that we should determine justice should be done, and we continue to stand up to those who wish to harm our society, to take away life, and to take away our liberty.
It was important that people remain “utterly resolute and defiant”, and not change their way of life in response to the attack, he added.
Farron said the Lib Dems, Labour and Conservatives had been in touch over the suspension of the election campaign.
We are absolutely of the view that our national campaigns have been suspended today. What happens in the future, that’s something to be discussed.
The mother of a 19-year-old Manchester Metropolitan University student who was at the Ariana Grande concert describes hearing screaming and “total panic” during a phone conversation she had with him minutes after the attack.
Her son, who wishes to remain anonymous, used his mobile phone to contact his mother soon after leaving the concert hall. He was seated high up in the stadium and says it was extremely difficult to exit due to people pushing from behind, crushing in the stairways and the crowd surging towards the exit doors.
“My son and his friend rang seconds after they got out. People thought there were gunmen behind them, and they didn’t know which way to go. They were just kids trying to work it out. They didn’t have any help,” his mother said.
She said her son asked for advice about where he should go because there was no support at the venue. Police were running the other way, he told her. She said she felt helpless as there was no information online.
“I was terrified for him. They wanted to run to the Arndale Centre – which was the site of a bomb attack when I was a teenager – of course I knew this might be a bad idea, but they didn’t. They genuinely didn’t know. They are young, but there were much younger children there,” she said.
She said although her son had water taken off him, his bags were not searched and security did not check what he was carrying.