Manchester's Arndale shopping centre evacuated, reopened, hours after Ariana Grande concert attack

Bryan Strickland
May 24, 2017

Scores of people ran away from the center, a Reuters witness said. The blast occurred just after USA singer Ariana Grande had finished her concert in front of an audience of mainly young girls in central Manchester.

A police spokesman said: "A man has been arrested at the Arndale Centre".

The Prime Minister is now making her way to Manchester to meet with its mayor Andy Burnham and the local police.

Conflicting reports suggested the incident might have been a false alarm amid high tensions following Monday's attack, the local media reported.

"Police. gained entry to the property using an explosive charge to take the door off", said Neville Edwards, an events safety adviser, 32, whose mother's house backs onto the property which was raided.

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"A man said "everyone's running, run" so we just started running".

The first victim of last night's attack has been named as 16-year-old Georgina Callandar.

Messages of solidarity have poured in following the concert attack, which also left dozens injured.

The group, who were carrying English flags and shouting Islamophobic slurs, clashed with police outside the shopping centre, which was evacuated last night following another terrorism scare.

Families were heading for the exits of the concert at the famous venue when the attacker detonated his device.

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