Derbyshire unites with Manchester after ‘barbaric’ terrorist attack

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Community leaders across Derbyshire have been reacting to the ‘barbaric’ terrorist attack in Manchester which has so far left 22 dead, including children, and many others injured.

The explosion took place in the foyer of Manchester Arena on Monday night just after 10.30pm at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

As the Derbyshire Times went to press, 22 people, including eight-year-old girl, Saffie Rose Roussos, from Lancashire, had died as a result of the attack, with 59 injured.

The suspected suicide bomber also died.

On Tuesday, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins said on Twitter: “My thoughts and prayers with the murdered, the injured and their heartbroken families in #Manchester.

“Thoughts also with our brave emergency services who run towards danger to keep us safe.

“There will be no @LabourChestrfld campaigning for the General Election today.”

New Conservative leader of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Barry Lewis, also tweeted: “A terrible & barbaric act of terrorism & one so close to home. My thoughts are with the families of those affected.”

And leader of Derbyshire Labour Group, Councillor Anne Western, posted: “Deeply shocked at events in #Manchester. Thoughts are with all affected. Thanks to emergency services and everyone helping.”

On Tuesday morning, Greater Manchester Police arrested a 23-year-old in south Manchester in connection with the attack. Officers also carried out warrants in two other areas of the city.

The force are now appealing for anyone who was in Manchester city centre between 8pm and 11pm on Monday who have dashcam footage to send it as a matter of urgency to: ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk.

Deputy Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary, Peter Goodman, said: “We remain on high alert in Derbyshire and I would ask everyone to be vigilant as always. Be aware of your surroundings and report anything suspicious, be that a vehicle, package or person. We can work together to fight terrorism and make our communities safer.”

“Our deepest sympathies go to the families and friends of those killed and injured in this terrible attack.”

On Tuesday night a vigil was held in Chesterfield at the Town Hall. Call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.