Wednesday, 24 May 2017


Thousands of young people and parents were attending the sold-out Ariana Grande concert when it was targeted by a terrorist - and 22 people have been killed.
Police in Greater Manchester are confident they have identified all of those who lost their lives, and their families have been informed.
Some of their names are beginning to emerge, with loved ones making emotional tributes.

Jane Tweddle

Jane Tweddle was 50 years old and a mother of three. She worked as a receptionist at the South Shore Academy in Blackpool.
Principal Jane Bailey said messages of condolence from parents, students and colleagues have described Ms Tweddle as "bubbly, kind, welcoming, funny and generous".
Her statement added: "She is irreplaceable, much loved and will never be forgotten."

Nell Jones

Nell Jones was 14 years old - and a Year 9 student at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School in Cheshire.

In a statement, the school said: "Nell's family have been searching for her since the incident in the hope that they would find her being cared for in hospital. Unfortunately, the police have now confirmed that Nell died at the scene."
Her form tutor, David Wheeler, said: "Nell was a very popular girl, always smiling, always positive. Her tutor group have been together since the transition from primary school. It feels like they have lost a sister not a classmate."

Martyn Hett

Martyn Hett was 29 years old - and on Tuesday night, his friends learned of his death.

Russell Hayward wrote on Twitter: "Our wonderful, iconic and beautiful Martyn didn't survive. He left this world exactly how he lived, centre of attention ... I love you Martyn. I always will."

Marcin and Angelika Klis

The Polish couple had been missing since the suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena on Monday night. On Wednesday morning, Poland's foreign minister confirmed they were among the dead.

Alison Howe and Lisa Lees

Alison Howe and Lisa Lees were both killed as they waited for their children to come out of the concert.

On Facebook, Mrs Howe's stepson Jordan said: "They took a caring beautiful mum and step mother away from us all she was amazing to us all x love you loads."
Lisa's brother, Lee Hunter, said: "For those who don't know Lisa is gone but never ever forgotten I love you Lisa I'll miss you so much."

Kelly Brewster

Kelly Brewster was at the Ariana Grande gig with her sister.

Confirming her death, her partner Ian Winslow said: "Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together ... Love you loads."

Olivia Campbell

Olivia was one of those unaccounted for following the attack, and her family had made a desperate appeal for information about what had happened to the 15-year-old.

She was at the concert with her friend Adam, who has had surgery for serious injuries he sustained in the explosion.
Her death was confirmed by her mother Charlotte, who wrote on Facebook: "RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell taken far far to soon go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much."
Olivia was a student at Tottington High School, and the headteacher said: "As a school community we are absolutely devastated and heartbroken at the news that Olivia has passed away. Olivia was a delightful young girl in Year 10, and will be dearly missed."

John Atkinson

Greater Manchester Police confirmed John Atkinson, a 26-year-old from Bury, was among those killed.

Loved ones described him as a "beautiful soul" and a "true gentleman".
A fund for his family set up by friends has raised more than £4,500.

Saffie Rose Roussos

Saffie, a pupil at Tarleton Community Primary School, had been attending the concert with her mother and older sister. They were injured and are being treated in separate hospitals.
The eight-year-old's headteacher, Chris Upton, described her as "simply a beautiful girl" - and said her death had come as a "tremendous shock" to the school.
He added: "The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking.
"She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair."

Georgina Callander

Georgina, who was 18 years old and from Chorley, was the first victim to be named.
She was a super-fan of Ariana Grande who had posed for pictures with the American pop star in the past.
A day before the concert, she had tweeted Grande and said: "SO EXCITED TO SEE U TOMORROW."
She was a student at Runshaw College in Lancashire, where she had been studying health and social care.