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manchester advises ealing in wake of bomb blast ...
manchester advises ealing in wake of bomb blast

Ealing LBC is receiving advice from Manchester City Council on how to deal with the aftermath of the bomb that exploded this week.

The bomb which went off in Ealing Broadway did not cause any fatalities, but closed down local businesses for several days. Nine shops are still closed, pending refurbishment. The cost of the damage has not yet been estimated.

Manchester was the victim of a terrorist bomb

in 1996 which destroyed the city centre. Chief executive Howard Bernstein said the council

would be offering 'strategic advice and guidance'.

Services provided by Ealing following the bomb included support and co-ordination, liaison with police and utilities, briefings for local people, a telephone helpline, a rest centre in the town hall, accommodation for those evacuated from their homes, specialist care for the vulnerable and elderly, counselling and traffic management.

Executive director of environment John Birch said: 'The council's emergency plan kicked in quite effectively - we learned a lot of lessons from the Southall rail crash in 1997.'

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