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US pop star's emotional return after terror attack

By PA Reporters

Ariana Grande has visited young fans injured in the Manchester terror attack in hospital.

The US pop star was photographed on social media hugging youngsters at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital ward, with one father left in tears by the visit.

It comes ahead of Grande's all-star benefit concert on Sunday, less than two weeks after a suicide bombing at her gig in Manchester which killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

Peter Mann, whose daughter Jaden was injured in the attack, posted several photos of Grande and the youngster on Facebook.

He wrote: "This means more to us than all the amazing things people have done this week. When your daughter asks after her 2nd operation is Ariana ok? So happy she came I could burst! Never seen Jaden so happy! Even cried again myself."

Grande arrived back in the UK on Friday morning ahead of the One Love Manchester concert on Sunday. Musicians including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Take That and Miley Cyrus will join her for the event which is raising funds for victims and their families.

Her hospital visit comes as police investigating the suicide bombing seized a car which they say could be "significant" to the investigation. Greater Manchester Police said inquiries concerning the white Nissan Micra, found at Devell House, Rusholme, were continuing.

Earlier yesterday the Duke of Cambridge met a police officer who tended to those injured in the Manchester terror attack while frantically searching for his own daughter. PC Michael Buckley (47) was off duty and waiting for 15-year-old Stephanie outside the Ariana Grande concert when the bomb exploded.

He was eventually reunited with the teenager, who suffered concussion and some crush injuries, in the early hours of the morning.

Mr Buckley was among the first responders to meet the duke as he visited Greater Manchester Police headquarters on yesterday morning. The duke was met by Chief Constable Ian Hopkins before hearing from those involved in the response to the May 22 attack at Manchester Arena.

Recalling the aftermath of the bombing, Mr Buckley said: "When I walked into the foyer of the arena it was absolute devastation, there were people screaming, others crying and others making no sound at all. I knew my daughter was in there somewhere."

As he helped those caught up in the attack, he desperately tried to make contact with Stephanie.

"I eventually met her in a hotel in the early hours of the morning," Mr Buckley said. "She just ran to me and grabbed hold of me, but I couldn't hold her because I was covered in other people's blood."

William also spoke to Christopher Jenkins (29) a PCSO who was off duty on the night of the bombing but, as he lives close to Manchester Arena, was one of the first on the scene.

Mr Jenkins said: "It was absolute chaos. People were screaming and running in different directions. I was just trying to feed back to communications as much as I could."

He added: "Prince William was asking us about what happened. He's a good lad."

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