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Manchester attack: 'Angel of Manchester' praised for leading children to safety following bombing

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 24/05/2017 Jonathan Mitchell

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A woman who rushed to the aid of 50 teenagers following the Manchester terror attack and ushered them to a nearby hotel has been hailed as an “angel".

Paula Robinson, 48, was at Victoria train station next to the Manchester Arena yesterday when a suspected suicide bomber killed 22 people, including children, at a pop concert and injured 59 others.

She says she saw “dozens” of teenage girls frantically screaming and fleeing the blast, and quickly directed them to run away from the stadium.

Paula Robinson is being called the 'Angel of Manchester'. © Provided by Independent Print Limited Paula Robinson is being called the 'Angel of Manchester'. Ms Robinson took the stricken teens to a nearby Holiday Inn hotel, before circulating her phone number of social media so that worried parents could contact her.

Numerous parents were still frantically searching for their children today.

People on social media have praised her as a “hero” for helping the terrified children find shelter.

Ms Robinson said: “We ran out. It was literally seconds after the explosion. I got the teens to run with me.

“Parents were frantic running about trying to get to their children. There were lots of lots children at Holiday Inn.”

The Good Samaritan was soon inundated with phone calls from parents looking to find their children, with about 50 sheltering there as panic ensued at the arena.

She was praised as an “angel” and "hero" on social media.

Verity tweeted: “Paula Robinson is a hero and angel and everything in between.

"What an amazing woman providing light in a dark time.”

Polly posted: “Paula Robinson is the woman everybody needs to thank for making sure some children were safe.”

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media after chairing a meeting of the Government’s emergency COBRA committee at Downing Street on May 23, 2017 in London, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena last night as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande performed on stage. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured. Campaigning ahead of the General Election has been suspended. Manchester Arena blast

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