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Prince William makes surprise Manchester visit to thank people for their strength after terror attack

Published: Friday, June 2, 2017 6:01 PM    |     Modified: Monday, August 7, 2017 9:52 AM

Ukbd Times desk:

Prince  William  made a surprise visit to Manchester to pay tribute to the city’s people for the strength they’ve shown since the suicide bombing at an Ariana garden concert.

William spent the morning meeting first responders and members of the local community to thank them “for their strength, decency and kindness,” a statement from his office said.

Twenty-two people died when a device carried by Salman Abedi was detonated just as concertgoers were leaving the Manchester Arena.

On Friday, William, 34, stopped first at the Greater Manchester Police headquarters to hear about the work of those who had been among the first on the awful scene.

Strength: The Duke of Cambridge is greeted by Chief Constable Ian Hopkins (PA)

The Prince was also told about the work that has gone on since to investigate the bombing and keep the public saf

Prince William heard the harrowing tale of a Police Constable who tended to the sick and dying in the concert hall foyer while also looking frantically for his 15 year old daughter.

Michael Buckley, 47, was off duty and waiting to meet his daughter Stephanie who had been at the  concert with some friends.

He couldn’t get through to her on the phone.

“I wanted to know where she was and whether she was ok and then there were all these other people badly injured too,” he said.

He eventually located Stephanie in a nearby hotel and was reunited in the early hours the following day.


Mercifully, she was ok after suffering some crush injuries, concussion and was “very, very shaken,” he said.


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