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Emmerdale's Isabel Hodgins caught up in Manchester terror attack

Emmerdale actress Isabel Hodgins has been speaking to Good Morning Britain about the shocking events at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.

The actress - who plays Victoria Sugden in the ITV soap - attended the Ariana Grande concert with a friend when they got caught up in the aftermath of the bomb explosion.

Speaking from the Emmerdale studio on Tuesday, the 23-year-old said: "The concert had finished and we were all about to leave, we were going up the stairs and there was a loud bang that came from my left.

"I turned around to see where the noise was coming from and everybody just dispersed from that area. Girls were running and screaming.

"At first I didn't know if it was somebody with a gun - balloons had been released during the concert and they were quite big, so some people thought that one of them had just popped and there was a panic for no reason.

Isobel began to leave the arena with her friend, and described the scene as "sheer panic".

She continued: "In the arena there was lots of people running, screaming, crying. People were rushing and pushing up the stairs but we managed to get out.

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"And then as we were leaving by the exit doors, there was an area that that been condoned off and there was a very overwhelming smell of burning and if you looked down the corridor you could see a bit of white smoke.

"We managed to get out safely but outside it was just sheer panic, it's the only way I can describe it."

At least 22 people have died and more than 59 are injured following the attack - many of them children.

"A lot of Ariana Grande's fanbase are young teenage girls who were there with their friends, so it was very terrifying," added Isabel.

"I was with a friend and we managed to stay together and we were fine but the thought of being separated from your friends during something like this, that is terrifying."

Asked by GMB presenter Susanna Reid how she was feeling herself about being caught up in the attack, Isabel said: "I feel shaken up, but I'm just grateful that I managed to get home and my friends and I are safe.

"My heart goes out to the victims and all of the family and friends that are affected by this disgusting and despicable thing that has happened."

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