Whitby man caught up in Manchester terror attack

Nathan Cowey pictured at the Ariana Grande concert with friend, Kirsty Ratcliffe.
Nathan Cowey pictured at the Ariana Grande concert with friend, Kirsty Ratcliffe.

A young man who works in Whitby has spoken of the scene of horror after he was caught up in the terror attack at the Manchester Arena.

Nathan Cowey, 21, was watching his “idol” in what was meant to be the happiest night of his life before a loud bang turned the evening to one of terror.

He said: “It had just finished, everyone was leaving and we heard this massive bang and everyone started running. I’m so shaken up.

“I was on the top tier when we heard a bang. Everyone was saying it’s a bomb scare and I just wanted to go.

“We didn’t want to stay in a hotel, we got my friend’s brother to come and pick us up.

“Going to a concert to see your idol is meant to be the happiest night of your life but instead it’s left me scarred for life.”

Nathan, from Loftus, had attended the Ariana Grande gig with his friend Kirsty Ratcliffe and was posting Facebook live videos of the event as it was in progress, before the terrible incident occurred.

Several people from Scarborough who were also at the venue told the Gazette that they feel “lucky to be alive.”

Police chiefs have since revealed that 22 people, including children, were killed by the suicide bomber at the concert in Manchester on Monday night. One of those confirmed dead was just 8-years-old.

More than 100 other casualties were injured in the blast and taken to eight hospitals across Manchester, following the incident which happened at around 10.30pm.

Dave Jones, chief constable of North Yorkshire Police said: “On behalf of North Yorkshire Police I would like express my deepest sympathy to those affected by last night’s tragic events.

“Our sympathies go out to those who have lost loved ones, or who have suffered as a result of this barbaric attack."

He added that: “There is no intelligence to suggest that there has been any change in the level of threat here in North Yorkshire.”

Julia Mulligan, the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said the attack was a “shocking and senseless loss of life of people who were just out to enjoy themselves.”

Elsewhere, the operators of Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre have said they will review security following the terrorist attack in Manchester.

A spokesman for Cuffe and Taylor, concert promoters at the OAT said: “The shows this week at Scarborough Open Air Theatre will go ahead as planned, and we are continually liaising with our venue security and local police to ensure the safety of our customers. We are certain we will not be defeated by such cowardice.”

Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the terror threat level has been raised from ‘severe’ to ‘critical’ following the attack.