Theresa May blasts 'cowardly' Manchester terror attack as she attends memorial one year on

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22nd May 2018

Theresa May has insisted the Manchester Arena terror attack “failed” to break the resolve of Brits as she prepared to attend a memorial service a year on from the deadly blast.

Theresa May will attend a service in Manchester Cathedral today
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The Prime Minister said the atrocity was an act of “sickening cowardice” and vowed to defeat “such twisted ideologies and beliefs”.

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Mrs May will join Prince William at a memorial service today at Manchester Cathedralation, while a minute's silence will be held from 14.30.

Writing in the Daily Mirror, she said: “The targeting of the young and innocent as they enjoyed a care free night out in the Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017, was an act of sickening cowardice.

“It was designed to strike at the heart of our values and our way of life, in one of our most vibrant cities, with the aim of breaking our resolve and dividing us. It failed.”

She added: “Such appalling acts of wickedness will do nothing but strengthen our resolve to defeat such twisted ideologies and beliefs.

“The resilience and determination shown by this city in the 12 months since is testament to that.”