Horrors and Hopes
The bombing in Manchester on 22 May 2017 was the worst terrorist attack in the UK since 2005. The country woke the next morning to shocking pictures of bloodied concert-goers being helped out of the Manchester Arena by members of the emergency services. The Prime Minister chaired an early morning meeting of COBR, the government’s emergency response committee. She then gave a statement outside Number 10, in which she described the attack as ‘among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom’. She announced that she would be travelling to Manchester to meet with the Chief Constable and the newly elected Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, as well as the emergency services.