Greater Manchester Police have released a statement urging the public to stay away from the city centre following last night’s harrowing terror attack.
The statements requests the evacuation of the city centre in order to ‘allow emergency services to continue to work at the scene of last night’s incident’.
The emergency number 0800 096 0095 is available for those who are concerned about loved one or anyone who may have been in the area.
The explosion at The Manchester Arena is being treated as a suspected terror attack following police confirmation of fatalities, while authorities also conducted the controlled explosion of another object found close by.
With regards to last night’s incident at the Manchester arena, we can confirm we have arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester.
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017
The explosion took place at an Ariana Grande concert as it drew to a close.
Since then the Manchester Arndale shopping centre was evacuated and a man was arrested, but the police confirmed that this incident was separate to last night’s.