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Missing in Manchester: Family members in desperate search for loved ones

Hotels in the area took in children who became separated from their parents in the immediate aftermath of the explosion.

RELATIVES AND FRIENDS of people missing after the explosion at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last night have been using social media to circulate their photos, asking people to help track them down.

Police have said 22 people were killed in the explosion and a further 59 people were taken to hospital with injuries. They also confirmed that there are children among the victims.

In the panic after the explosion, friends and parents became separated from their loved ones. They, and others who learned of the explosion at home, have been trying overnight to get in touch with people they knew at the concert.

Though there have been some hoax missing photos circulating on social media sites, there are a number of genuine stories, including that of Chloe Rutherford and her boyfriend Liam Curry.

Her brother Scott has been appealing for information as he and his parents search for the young couple.

Another photograph that is being widely shared is that of Olivia Campbell. Her mother Charlotte told CNN she had last seen her daughter at 8.30pm last night.

“It’s the most horrible feeling ever to know your daughter is there and you can’t find her, and you don’t know if she’s dead or alive,” she said.

I don’t know how people can do this to innocent children.

Laura MacIntyre and Eilidh MacLeod, who attended the concert, have also been reported missing:

There were reports that the Holiday Inn and Premier Inn hotels took in children who had become separated from their parents in the panic. The Holiday Inn confirmed this morning that there are no longer any missing children on the premises:

Social media users living in the area also offered to take concert-goers into their homes last night for tea, phones/chargers and shelter using the hashtag #RoomForManchester.

Police after the attack had urged anyone who needed assistance to go to the Ethihad Stadium. Desperate families have been gathering there since early this morning awaiting news.

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