Andy Burnham: Manchester mayor's statement in full

Borough stands in solidarity with Manchester

The terror attack which killed 22 and left 59 injured at a Manchester concert has been described by as a "evil act" by the city's elected mayor.

"I'm not blaming the American public", he said. "He rang me in a real panic". It was like a stampede but my friend's cousins helped me to get out. "A awful night for our great city", Burnham said on Twitter.

"And I think the important thing for us to do now is to concentrate on allowing the police and the intelligence services to sort out the operation". At this tragic time we are inspired by the stories of the bravery and acts of kindness of the people of Manchester and we stand in solidarity with them in this shared moment of grief. "And that's what we did". Some police from Liverpool have now been deployed in Manchester to support efforts in the city.

Burnham has been critical of United Kingdom -wide government cuts to police services since 2010, and previous year warned in an interview with Progress magazine that other British cities may not be as well equipped as London to cope with a "Paris or Brussels-style attack".

The square is just over 10 minutes walk from the Manchester Arena, the site of Monday evening's attack.

Meanwhile, blood donation centers received such an influx of volunteers, hospitals already have enough of a supply to treat the victims of the attack, the Independent reported Tuesday. There was no question about the lack of people here.




British Prime Minister Theresa May has said "many young children and young people" were among those killed or injured in an attack that "targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation". "Division & hate make us weak, Unity & Resolve make us strong".

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that a second man - aged 23-years-old - has been arrested in connection with the attack.

"We have had messages of support from cities around the country and across the world, and we want to thank them for that".

David Parker, the Convener of SBC, has sent two letters, one addressed to Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, and another to Councillor Eddie Newman, the Lord Mayor of Manchester.

But, she added, "I can say that they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again". "God knows how the people that were there will cope with that", he said.

"It is something that the emergency services, the NHS had rehearsed for. That was an incredible moment and I hope that all of those who did respond last night, if they were listening to that on the TV, if not here, I hope that means a great deal to them".

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