At about 10:35pm UK time on Monday, May 22, 2017, tragedy struck at the Manchester Arena where pop singer Ariana Grande was performing, leaving at least 19 people dead and about 59 injured in a possible terrorist incident.
British Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement, confirming that police are treating the incident as a terror attack, “we are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”
“Terrible incident in Manchester. My thoughts are with all those affected and our brilliant emergency services.”
Burnham also confirmed that he would be taking part in the government’s emergency Cobra meeting via video-link from Manchester.
He said: “I will be heading over to Greater Manchester police force headquarters after this press call to take part in the Cobra meeting alongside the police constable. There will be a further update after that. We will work with the government to give the people the reassurance that they need, and to insure that, as far as possible, that we return to business as usual in the city.”
Steve Morris in Manchester has this footage of his statement.