Emergency services are responding to an incident at the Manchester Arena amid reports of several explosion noises at a concert.
Greater Manchester Police have confirmed a “number of fatalities” and injuries at an arena where an Ariana Grande concert was being held.
Police statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/gaKASukx9a
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017
A heavy police and emergency services presence has been seen outside the arena where an Ariana Grande concert was taking place.
The incident sparked panic amongst the crowd.
Concert goers were filmed fleeing the area following what witnesses described as a loud bang.
BREAKING: At least 20 dead, hundreds injured following possible explosion at UK's Manchester arena – NBC News https://t.co/9XohT1Z7IV
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) May 22, 2017
Greater Manchester Police confirmed they were responding to reports of an ‘incident’ and advised people to stay away from the precinct.
Ambulance crews make their way to Manchester Arena after major incident. Several injuries being treated and police cordon in place. pic.twitter.com/jnNETqfJcM
— Darryl Morris (@darrylmorris) May 22, 2017
Guardian journalist Frances Perraudin has tweeted this video of a Royal Logistics Corp bomb disposal unit in the area.
Bomb disposal going into the arena. pic.twitter.com/FG3g4CkpoM
— Frances Perraudin (@fperraudin) May 22, 2017
Manchester Metrolink announced that no services would be running at the nearby Victoria Station due to an “ongoing police incident”.
“Emergency services are dealing with an incident near Manchester Victoria, resulting in all lines being closed,” National Rail said in a statement.
“Trains are currently unable to run to/from Manchester Victoria. Some trains will be canceled throughout or start/terminate at alternative stations.”
Due to an on going Police Incident, services are not going through Victoria Station. Please see https://t.co/6VrS7ZnNQh for more info.
— Manchester Metrolink (@MCRMetrolink) May 22, 2017