That story about unaccompanied children at a Manchester Holiday Inn isn't true

But amid the horror of last night's Manchester Arena blast that left 22 people dead, heart-warming stories of generosity are beginning to emerge.

The hotel responded: "It really was the absolute least we can do - we hope you got back home safely".

"I've had people who needed to find loved ones, I've dropped them off to the hospital, they're not had any money, they've been stranded", he told Channel 4 News. "There were lots and lots of children at Holiday Inn".

The Mirror is reporting that the rumour of unaccompanied children seeking refuge and solace from the Manchester Arena blast site at the Holiday Inn Express is false.

"The hotels are fully operational and continue to offer support".

Police said: "Emergency services are now responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena".

Facebook set up a Safety Check in the area, and authorities organised an emergency helpline on 0161 856 9400.

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But kind-hearted strangers rallied to help, with hundreds of Manchester locals offering up places to stay for the night using the #roomformanchester hashtag.

"It is hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours, and to put into words the shock, anger, and hurt that we feel today", he said.

Posts have been circulating rapidly all over social media about 43 "unidentified" children safely being kept at the hotel while they await reconnection with their parents. Health workers visiting Manchester for a conference offered to help ease the pressure.

May added: "The people of Manchester and the United Kingdom have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack - an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with callous calculation".

Police say the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack and that a lone male suicide bomber detonated an "improvised explosive device" in the foyer of the venue.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the bomb attack at the Ariana Grande concert.

  • Delia Davidson