Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram pledges support to Manchester following ‘callous’ terrorist outrage

Book of condolence is opened at Liverpool Town Hall is opened for people wanting to pay their respects to the 22 people who were murdered in Monday’s bomb attack. Tony McDonough reports

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram

Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram has pledged “whatever practical support possible” to Manchester following Monday night’s terrorist attack in the city which saw 22 people murdered.

Just after 10.30pm thousands of people, many of them teenagers and children, were coming out of the MEN Arena following a concert by US singer Ariana Grande when a lone suicide bomber detonated an explosive device.

Heartfelt sympathy

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Mr Rotheram said: “On behalf of the people of the Liverpool city region, I want to express our deepest and heartfelt sympathy for the victims of this appalling and callous attack on innocent young people.

“There is a deep affinity and solidarity between our two regions, and today we are united in grief and united in our determination not to be intimidated or defeated by the perpetrators of this cowardly atrocity.

Local authority leaders across the Liverpool city region have agreed to offer whatever practical support possible to our neighbours in Manchester in the aftermath of this terrible event.”

‘Dark day’

Liverpool City Council has opened a book of condolence at Liverpool Town Hall for those wishing to pay their respects to the victims of the Manchester bombing.

The flags at St George’s Hall, Liverpool Town Hall, Cunard Building and Liverpool Central Library have also been lowered.

Lord Mayor, Cllr Roz Gladden, adde: “On this dark, dreadful day, all of our thoughts are with those affected by this appalling terror attack.

“Innocent people, many of them young, have lost their lives. It defies belief as to why anyone would do this and I am sure many, like me, are struggling to comprehend it.”

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