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A man embraces a woman and a teenager as he collects them from the Park Inn Hotel where they were given refuge after last nights explosion at the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England.
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Manchester locals mobilized in the hours that followed Britain’s most deadly suicide bombing in a decade to help stranded or injured Ariana Grande concertgoers.

The Monday night attack, which left 22 dead and nearly 60 injured, stranded many of the 21,000 concertgoers after the closure of the main Victoria train station. With reports of numerous young people at the concert separated from their parents or unable to make it back home, locals stepped in to offer their help.

Mancunians used the hashtag #roomformanchester on Twitter as they offered free rides, drinks, hotel rooms and spare rooms for people stranded in the attack.

Facebook turned on their safety check feature and hotels in the area offered sofas and free rooms to the people in need.

Taxi drivers offered free rides through the night as well:

Reports that the Holiday Inn hotel near the Manchester Arena had taken in children who have been separated from their parents or guardians were later confirmed to be false.

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