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Monday night saw one of worst acts of terrorism the UK has ever seen.

22 people were killed and a further 59 injured after a suicide bomber detonated a device at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena.

As those caught up in the event scrambled to find their loved ones, Stephen Jones, a homeless man who was sleeping near the venue, preformed a heroic act of kindness amidst the chaos. 

Speaking to ITV News, Stephen described how he pulled nails out of a little girls face.

''They needed the help. I'd like to think someone would come and help me if I needed the help,'' he said.

''It was a lot of children with blood all over them – crying and screaming. We were having to pull nails out of their arms and a couple out of this little girl’s face.''

Stephen's heroic act caught the attention of West Ham football club's co-chairman, David Sullivan and his son.

The pair then took to Twitter in an effort to track him down. 

JustGiving page was also set up for Stephen and has raised over £21,000 so far. 

The money raised will go towards finding him permanent accommodation in Manchester. 

 

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Katie Hopkins is known for her abrasive personality and controversial views.

The newspaper columnist has previously been reported to police for her comments, and now in the wake of the Manchester attack, the journalist has been reported to the authorities once again. 

She was reported to the Metropolitan police for a tweet in which she called for a 'final solution' to the attacks.

The journalist also made a plea on Twitter for 'Western men' to 'rise up' and 'demand action.

She was accused of 'inciting racial hatred' by one Twitter user, who then requested that the police become involved. 

'Clearly, certain things I tweet I absolutely accept that words matter,' she said, clarifying her statements to Fox News.

'I said the word 'final solution,' in a tweet, and I would not in any way want to use that term and the inference other people lay on that, what I meant was we need a lasting solution, a resolution,'

'I demand action. I want people to use their anger to say we need to do something to stop this.'

'We need to be deporting these people, deport the people that are hiding them and get amongst this because this is our little girl, our 8-year-old little Saffie that died.'

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police confirmed to The Guardian that a complaint had been received, adding: 'As is routine, the allegation will be reviewed and assessed by specialist officers.'

Feature image: Katie Hopkins Twitter

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Ariana Grande has reportedly suspended the remainder of her Dangerous Woman tour after 22 people were killed and a further 59 injured in a suspected suicide bombing at her concert in Manchester last night. 

According to TMZ, the 23-year-old has cancelled her scheduled gig in London on Thursday and is suspending the rest of her European tour dates. 

A statement from Ariana's management team, headed by Scooter Braun, reads: 'Tonight, our hearts are broken.'

'Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack.'

'We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act.'

'We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester's first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives.'

'We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.'

The singer also took to Twitter to express that she felt 'broken' in the wake of the attack. 

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his condolences to the families of those who were lost in the Manchester attack last night.

22 people were killed and a further 59 injured when a suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive at an Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester Arena. 

'The vile acts carried out in Manchester last night are a reminder of the depravity of the views held by the few,' he said.

'Those beliefs have no place in our society.'

'My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this atrocity. I am heartbroken for all.'

'The city of Manchester has exceptionally close ties with our country and I extend the solidarity of the Irish Government and all our people to those affected across the UK.'

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D, has also expressed his shock.

'I am shocked and horrified by the large loss of life in Manchester last night and my thoughts and prayers are with those affected, and we stand by our nearest neighbour, the U.K. especially due to the strong links between our country and the city of Manchester,' he said in a statement. 

'The Consular Section of my Department, in conjunction with our Embassy in London is monitoring the situation and we are not at this time aware of any Irish citizens affected.'

'Anyone with concerns for family and friends can contact the Consular Division of my Department on 353 1 408 2000.'

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22 victims have been confirmed dead, and a further 59 injured after a suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at an Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester Arena last night.

Performers and musicians have been paying tribute to the victims in the wake of the attack.

Ariana Grande was among the performers who reached out to their fans through social media in response to what had happened. 

 

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 Anyone with concerns for Irish citizens in Manchester should contact the embassy in London on 00 44 207 235 2171 or the Department in Dublin on 01 408 2000.

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