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#RoomForManchester: Manchester Offers Shelter To Anyone Affected By Explosion

Display of unity includes offers of taxis, phone chargers and cups of tea.

23/05/2017 04:18 BST | Updated 23/05/2017 13:38 BST

The tragic events in Manchester have prompted local people to rally round and offer anyone affected by the blast a room to stay, prompting the #roomsformanchester hashtag.

As well as a bed for the night, people in the city have been offering those impacted by the Manchester Arena horror everything from free taxi rides to phone chargers and cups of tea.

Police say at least 22 people were killed and about 50 were injured after an explosion at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, which was attended by thousands of people.

Some people offered a bed for the night, food or simply somewhere for people to charge their phones so they could contact friends and family...

Taxi drivers began offering free rides...

Hotels also sheltered people...

Medical professionals in the city for a conference also offered their help...

 

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said the reaction on social media demonstrated “the true spirit of our city”.

Twitter was also being used to help people find friends and family missing since the tragedy with the #MissinginManchester hashtag.

An emergency number is available for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area: 0161 856 9400