A local woman is being hailed a hero for her actions in the moments after a deadly terror bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on Monday night. Paula Robinson, 48, and her husband were at a train station adjacent to the Manchester Arena when a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device. As chaos spread, Robinson and her husband began leading the teens, who were overwhelmed with fear, to safety. Robinson helped usher as many as 50 girls to a nearby Holiday Inn Express that had opened its doors to survivors. “We ran out,” Robinson said, adding that there were “huge amounts of teenagers and young children” fleeing. “It was literally seconds after the explosion. I got the teens to run with me.”
Then, she posted her phone number along with a message on social media. “We have about 50 kids with us waiting to be picked up they are safe we will look after them,” the message reportedly said. She then began fielding calls and helping parents who were searching for their kids to reunite with them. “Parents were frantic running about trying to get to their children,” she said, according to The Daily Mail. “There were lots and of lots children at Holiday Inn.”
Robinson was praised for her grace under pressure and the selfless caring she demonstrated in the wake of the attack, and earned the nickname the “Angel of Manchester” among other plaudits on social media. So far, officials have said 22 were killed, including an 8-year-old girl, in the bombing and dozens were wounded. On Tuesday, officials identified the suicide bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, and British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the terror threat level, suggesting another attack might be imminent.
In the video below, Robinson talks to the BBC about the immediate aftermath and how she and her husband sprang into action.
"I’ve had hundreds of hysterical parents asking me if their children are OK" – Paula Robinson, who helped kids to safety in a hotel pic.twitter.com/v1lKKONK51
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) May 23, 2017
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