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Commissioner highlights support available for victims of Manchester attacks

23 May, 2017

Last night saw a cowardly and vile attack on crowds of mostly young people leaving a concert at Manchester Arena. All our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends who have been affected by this horrific act of violence and terror.

We are aware that many young victims are from Lancashire who will have travelled, some with friends and family, to Manchester for a night of live music and entertainment. Tragically we have already seen that some of the casualties are from our communities.

Those caught up in this devastating attack will be deeply affected by their experiences and what they have seen. I want to reassure people that the support they may need support  is available now and will be there whenever they are ready for it.

Lancashire Victim Services can provide support to those affected and their families. I would urge anyone caught up in the attack to get in touch. The service is here for you with trained staff on hand to talk, to listen and to offer help and advice.

For young people in particular we have Nest Lancashire, a dedicated service that focuses on providing specialist support, advice and counselling for children and young people affected by crime. You can talk to them in confidence and all of our services are completely confidential and free of charge.

Contact Details for more information and support:

The National Casualty Bureau number is: 0800 096 0095

Lancashire Victim Services, is available to provide support and assistance to any victims of the Manchester events who live in the Lancashire area.

NEST Lancashire service for children and young people (up to 18) who are victims is available to offer help and support.  The contact details are:

Lancashire Victim Services – 0300 323 085 

info@lancashirevictimservices.org   www.lancashirevictimservices.org

NEST Lancashire – 0300 111 0323   Text NEST and your number to 60777 info@nestlancashire.org  www.nestlancashire.org

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