Shock, anger, hurt... this was an evil act

An explosion at the Manchester Arena on Monday night has left 22 dead and 59 injured, numerous victims are thought to be children.

The Dicks were waiting in the foyer of Manchester Arena to pick up their granddaughter, Sasha, 15, and daughter Tamla, 17 when they were blown into the air as the suicide bomber detonated his device just yards away.

Wigan Council said a period of remembrance will take place at 11am this morning outside the Life Centre.

New mayor Andy Burnham says a landmark summit to be held in July will boost the city region's claim to be the UK's tech leader and set out a bold programme of skills and infrastructure development.

"These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill".

He then described the incident as an evil act.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said "many young children and young people" were among those killed or injured in an attack that "targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation".

Council leader Lord Smith told Wigan Today: "Our sympathies go out to the families and friends of those sadly killed and our thoughts and prayers go to those who have been injured".

He said: "We are grieving today, but we are strong".

"I want to thank the hundreds of police, fire and ambulance staff who worked throughout the night in the most hard circumstances imaginable".

"We want to fuse technological advancement with culture, ethics, communities and places to build a world which is connected, creative and cooperative, and a modern and prosperous Greater Manchester where no-one is left behind".

"They gave the best possible immediate response to those who seek to divide us and it will be that spirit of Manchester that will prevail and hold us together".

It is with great sadness and heart-break that I write to express my condolences on behalf of Thurrock Council and all residents, following the attack in Manchester late on Monday 22 May.

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