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Steve Phelps | 24 May, 2017, 05:28

A woman who sheltered distressed children affected by last night's terror attack in Manchester has been hailed as a hero.

Witnesses reported hearing a "huge bomb-like bang" at around 10.30pm on Monday, as fans were leaving the arena shortly after a show by Ariana Grande finished, and described glass and metal nuts on the floor.

"I can't get through to her".

Talk about the spirit of a city is usually little more than chest puffing nonsense, as if some people's character changes because they live 100 miles away from someone else, but his values of hard work, tolerance, and respect, as well as a love for sport, were definitely forged in both post-war Manchester, then in Dundee through the 60s. In another post 14 minutes later, she said she was taking "loads of kids" to a nearby Premier Inn.

She then tweeted out her phone number for anxious parents to get in touch.

A social media post, which has been circulated on multiple platforms, read: "We have got about 50 kids with us waiting to be picked up, they are safe we will look after them".

Paula Robinson, who was at the nearby Manchester Victoria train station when she felt the explosion, said she and her husband saw dozens of teenage girls screaming and running towards them and chose to act quickly. As a result, many have been left unable to travel home.

Our love and thoughts are with you, Manchester.

The night of the concert, many individuals opened up their doors to concert attendees and their families who were stranded in Manchester, helping to take care of children who were alone at the concert.

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Rebecca Topham tweeted: 'I have a sofa, floor, blankets and tea, 5 minutes from Arena for anyone in need #RoomForManchester'.

Eight hospitals in the area were at capacity following the attack.

Following the explosion, the people of Manchester have refused to stand down in the face of fear.

But a representative of the InterContinental Hotels Group told the BBC that reports of unaccompanied children at the Holiday Inn hotel were "incorrect". Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images Emergency services at the scene.

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