The identities of several more victims of Monday’s bombing at Manchester Arena have been released as the UK’s threat level has been raised to critical. The blast occurred around 10:30pm on Monday as fans left the arena after an Ariana Grande concert. The police have so far confirmed 22 fatalities, with dozens injured. The attack has been dubbed the worst attack the UK has seen since the 7/7 attacks in London in 2005.
In the past few hours the names of several of those who lost their lives have been confirmed.
Olivia Campbell, was a 15-year-old from Bury. Olivia’s mother confirmed the death of her daughter sharing a tribute on Facebook during the early hours of Wednesday morning. In the post she wrote: “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.”
The 32-year-old office worker from Sheffield also lost her life on Monday – shielding her niece from the blast. Her partner, Ian Winslow, wrote on Facebook: “Not sure how this works but it isn’t good news. Kelly Brewster wasn’t one of the unidentified hospital patients. She has sadly passed away in the terror attack yesterday. Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together. My daughter Phoebe will be absolutely devastated like we all are.”
Alison Howe and Lisa Lees
These two friends from Oldham were waiting at the venue to pick up their daughters. Alison’s stepson Jordan Howe confirmed the tragedy on Facebook writing: “They took a caring beautiful mum and step mother away from us all she was amazing to us all.”
Angelika and Marcin Klis
The couple, Polish nationals living in York, had been waiting to collect their daughters in the arena’s foyer when the blast happened. The Polish foreign minister confirmed their deaths.
This 26-year-old from Bury has been described as a “beautiful soul”. It is suspected that he was leaving the arena when the explosion occurred. A fundraising page has also been set up to help the family with the funeral costs. It says: “John tragically lost his life last night in the Manchester bomb attack. We are trying to help his family in any way possible at this tragic time.
This eight-year-old was the second victim to be identified. Her head teacher called her “a beautiful little girl, loved by everyone.” She is the youngest victim so far. Her mother and sister are both currently in intensive care being treated for shrapnel related injuries.
The 18-year-old was the first to be confirmed as dead. She tweeted at Ariana Grande before the concert: “So excited to see u tomorrow”. She has been described as a someone who “lit up the room”.
The names of the remaining 12 victims have yet to be released. The attacker has been identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. Three more arrests have been made and the threat level has been raised to “critical”, which suggests another attack may be likely, according to police.