PEOPLE in Coventry and the West Midlands are urged to be vigilant after last night’s appalling suicide bomb attack on a pop concert in Manchester.
The message came from West Midlands police commissioner David Jamieson as West Midlands Ambulance Service revealed it had sent crews to the Manchester area to provide support.
Children are among the 22 people killed, and 59 have been injured from the blast from an improvised explosive device in the foyer at the Mancester Arena at 22:35pm last night (Monday), at the end of a concert by American star Ariana Grande.
Some families and friends were this morning still trying to locate missing loved ones. Six hospitals across Manchester are treating the injured.
Mr Jamieson issued the following statement: “The attack on Manchester was a vicious and truly dreadful attack on young people. It targeted people enjoying the simple pleasure of a music concert.
“My thoughts are with the people of Manchester in this difficult period.
“I would like to pay tribute to the emergency services who reacted rapidly and showed true dedication.
“I would urge people to be vigilant but to go about their daily lives as normal.
“If you see anything suspicious please report it to the police on 0800 789 321.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Our thoughts are very much with our colleagues in the emergency services and the people of Manchester after the explosion at the Manchester Arena last night.
“As part of a our well rehearsed contingency plans a number of ambulance resources were sent into the North West Ambulance Service area to provide support while NWAS were dealing with the incident.
“These resources have now been stood down and returned to their normal operating areas.
“We would like to thank the many staff who offered to stay late and work additional shifts.
“The Manchester incident emergency phone number 0161 856 9400.”
It is reported 60 ambulances in total were deployed for the incident.