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Manchester attack: Cherish home and deal kindly with one another, Professor Brian Cox tells Belfast audience

Increased security at Belfast SSE Arena ahead of show

Professor Brian Cox said he was left devastated at the attack on his home town of Manchester telling his Belfast audience to "deal kindly with one another".

The physicist began his Belfast show on Tuesday night by paying tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack, reading an extract from Carl Sagan's 1994 book Pale Blue Dot.

"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives."

"There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

He said the events in Manchester, his home town, had "deeply shocked him and his crew". They were in Manchester the day before the attack.

Ahead of the show security at the the SSE Arena was increased in the wake of the suicide bomb attack which killed 22 people and wounding 59 others.

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Crowds arriving for the show were subjected to the added security measures including a quick bag and body search.

Signs read: "Our thoughts are with our friends in Manchester. Tonight's show is going ahead as normal but please leave extra time for security measures."

Following the events in Manchester, the Belfast venue's management team met with the PSNI and Harbour Police and said it was taking the necessary precautions to minimise potential security risks

Neil Walker, general manager of the SSE Arena, added: “The senior management team of the Odyssey Trust and SSE Arena, Belfast were shocked and saddened by the terrible event in Manchester last night and our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and those who were injured in this horrific attack.

“We have carefully assessed the implications of this attack for upcoming events at the SSE Arena, Belfast and all events are currently proceeding as planned, including this evening’s show by Professor Brian Cox.

He added: “We take security very seriously and safety of our patrons is always our top priority.

"We believe in the current circumstances it is important that we continue to operate as normal. We would advise people coming to this evening’s event to allow some extra time for additional security measures.”

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