No missing kids at Holiday Inn: Hotel debunks phony social media reports
The Holiday Inn issued a statement that none were at the hotel but it would provide updates if it received any information on the whereabouts of any missing people.
Speaking to RT Tuesday, a spokesperson for the hotel confirmed that no unaccompanied children stayed at the Holiday Inn Express near the Manchester City Arena or any other of its hotels in the area.
Viral posts claimed online that dozens of children remained at the hotel and encouraged people to retweet the message and contact the hotel.
It follows a post from Paula Robinson on Facebook Monday night where she claimed she walked a group of 50 children to the Holiday Inn for safety.
Robinson said she was waiting with the children while they were being picked up, however it appears her remarks were misconstrued.
The Premier Inn also stated that the group had not sought refuge at one of its hotels.
Manchester police has since issued a statement saying that as far as they are aware there are no unaccompanied children in any Manchester hotel.
Social media has been flooded by pleas from families for information about loved ones missing since the blast.
The hashtags #manchestermissing and #MissingInManchester are being used alongside photos of young people who are reportedly still separated from their families.
I have dealt with 50+ journos online today. Two found my mobile number. This cunt found my house. I still don't know if my brother is alive. pic.twitter.com/NYbLzBsVH0— Dan Hett (@danhett) May 23, 2017
Some hoax reports circulating online have also been debunked. These included an image of a boy who modeled for a fashion line for people with Down’s Syndrome and appeared in a 2014 Daily Mail article.
There were also a number of reports online of a man with a gun outside the Royal Oldham Hospital. Police confirmed there was no incident there.
Police have attended an incident @roh— GMP Oldham (@GMPOldham) May 23, 2017
Scene searched, no offences and all staff &patient's are safe &well
A Facebook safety check was activated following the explosion, allowing people at the location to mark themselves safe. An emergency number has also been set up for anyone who is concerned about a loved one.
An emergency number is available for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area - 0161 856 9400— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017