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May to meet Burnham in wake of Manchester terror attack

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The prime minister is to meet with Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham (Lab) in the wake of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack.

LGC understands Mr Burnham, who in his role as mayor holds police and commissioner responsibilities, participated in this morning’s meeting of the government crisis response committee Cobra which was chaired by Theresa May. Another Cobra meeting is due to take place later today, Ms May has indicated.

At 10.33pm last night police were called following an explosion at the Manchester Arena just after an Ariana Grande concert had finished. Police believe the attacker, who died at the scene, detonated an improvised explosive device. Twenty-two people were killed and 59 were injured.

In a speech on the steps of 10 Downing Street within the past 20 minutes, Ms May said “many children and young people” were among those killed or injured in the “callous terrorist attack” which she said was “among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the UK”.

She said it was difficult to understand the “warped and twisted mind” of the terrorist who saw the concert attended by many youngsters as “an opportunity for carnage”.

Ms May said police were working to ascertain if any other attackers were involved.

She also paid tribute to those who had been killed and injured, as well as all those who responded following the attack.

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