Bromley reacts to ‘horrific’ terror attack at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

PUBLISHED: 10:32 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:50 23 May 2017

Credit: PA Wire

Credit: PA Wire

Police have confirmed 22 people, including children, have died in the attack which left a further 59 injured

Bromley representatives have paid tribute to the 22 adults, teenagers and children who were killed in a terror attack at a Manchester concert last night.

Campaigning has been suspended for the day as a mark of respect after a lone suicide bomber set off a homemade bomb in the foyer of the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande performance, in an attack which left a further 59 injured.

Conservative candidate for Lewisham West and Penge, Shaun Bailey, said: “Horrific and barbaric attack in Manchester. My thoughts and prayers with families of the victims. Heartbreaking.”

Labour candidate for Lewisham West and Penge, Ellie Reeves, added: “Devastating and horrific news from Manchester this morning. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.”

Bob Neill, former MP for Bromley and Chislehurst and current Conservative candidate, praised the emergency services. He said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the dreadful, sick, terrorist attack in Manchester. It’s a attack on everyone of us. The emergency services responded with bravery and professionalism to the Manchester atrocity. Thanks to them all.”

And Labour candidate for Bromley and Chislehurst, Sara Hyde, said: “Devastating news from Manchester. Emergency services and Manchester Arena staff are amazing. My thoughts and prayers with all those affected. So, so sad.”

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, commented: “London stands united with the great city of Manchester today after this barbaric and sickening attack. This was a cowardly act of terrorism that targeted a concert attended by thousands of children and young people.

“My heart goes out to the victims, their families, and everybody affected.”

Bromley Metropolitian Police, also paid tribute. They said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the incident in Manchester.”

General election husting due to take place in Sydenham tonight, have also been cancelled.

Annabel McLaren, chair of the Sydenham Society, organisers of the event, said: “Following advice given to everyone to suspend general election campaigning because of the dreadful attack in Manchester last night, we and those who were due to take part believe it’s best to rearrange the hustings for another date.

“We’re not sure when at the moment, however, we would ask everyone to be patient over the next few days and we will let people know.”

Ariana Grande is due to perform at The O2 arena in Greenwich next week, however, a representative for the singer has said the tour has been suspended.

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