'Humanity comes first': Manchester's Heroes Share Their Stories
Stories of acts of kindness continue to emerge after the Manchester attack, with local businesses offering free taxis home and rooms for the night.
As terrified audience members fled the Ariana Grande concert on Monday night, drivers arrived at the scene to take people to safety.
Call-centre manager for Manchester taxi firm Street Cars, Sam Arshad, said he was passing the venue when he saw youngsters fleeing for their lives.
Arshad told LADbible: "People were running and I heard screaming - I could see people crying.
"I spoke to an officer and he told me that there had been an explosion at the arena and they need to evacuate the whole area as quickly as possible."
Arshad immediately drove back to the taxi rank and put the call out to his staff to offer free rides.
The 35-year-old, who manages a fleet of 600 drivers, said he felt compelled to help people leave the scene of the blast.
He said: "We were extremely busy, the staff were a bit panicked about how to deal with things but we took it bit by bit and dealt with every customer.
"The feedback from customers on the phone, from distraught parents, was that it was a young audience.
"Because it was a young audience, I don't think many of them had much money to get home.
"I reached out to the drivers and said, 'guys, we have to play our part in this, it's our job to make sure that people get home safe'.
"They came through and they delivered on a night when Manchester needed it the most."
Police have confirmed at least 22 people were killed and over 100 injured in the attack.
Arshad added: "It was a cruel, cruel act - they were children. For someone to do something like this, I can't comprehend what kind of people they are.
"I spoke to a couple of drivers who said they picked up some very young children who should never see things like this, they were distraught and on their phones to their parents.
"You would be worried sick after an incident like this and not knowing where your children are, unfortunately some parents will never see their children again."
A driver for the firm said 'humanity comes first' after an incident like this, and added that he and his colleagues were happy to drive for free.
Street Cars driver Mr Ahmed told LADbible: "You do feel a sense of danger but that's our job. The emergency services were going through the same dangers as I was. If there was any secondary devices, they could have got caught up in it and so could I.
"There is nothing heroic about what I've done. Humanity comes
first, as a human being it is my responsibility."
Local residents, meanwhile, took to social media to offer a place to stay using the hashtag #RoomforManchester.
Follow #MissinginManchester and #RoomForManchester demonstrating the true spirit of our city in the face of such devastating tragedy
- Mayor Andy Burnham (@MayorofGM) May 23, 2017
Takeaways and cafes also offered free food and drinks to victims and the emergency services at the scene.
Arshad added: "People woke up scared, confused; they didn't know what happened but I can say that Manchester is a great city and Monday night showed that when we all pulled together.
"I believe that we will continue doing that as a community. We will pull together and we will move forward from this."
The emergency number for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area is 0161 856 9400
Manchester refused to break after Monday night's attack. Off-duty medics showed up to help out, taxi drivers worked for free and hundreds of residents offered up beds, sofas and cups of tea for those affected. LADbible wants to tell the stories of these unsung heroes. If you, or anyone you know, offered support, we want to talk to you - email: [email protected]
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