Manchester attack: Saffie Roussos mum ‘told of her death’

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Image caption Saffie Roussos, eight, was at the concert with her mother and older sister

The mother of the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena attack has been taken off life support and told about her death, the BBC understands.

Eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, from Leyland, Lancashire, was one of the 22 people killed at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on 22 May.

She was there with her mother, Lisa, and older sister Ashlee Bromwich.

Family friend Mike Swanny said Mrs Roussos and Ms Bromwich were still in hospital but both “out of any danger”.

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Image caption Floral tributes flooded in for Saffie Roussos

Mrs Roussos was understood to be in a critical condition initially and on a life support machine.

In a post on Facebook group Leyland Memories, Mr Swanny said Mrs Roussos was now awake and out of surgery and added she was “fully aware of the situation”.

Mr Swanny praised Saffie’s mother and father Andrew Roussos for their “strength” and “bravery”.

“They are all now together… Ashley the eldest daughter is also out of danger and is talking to her mother,” he wrote.

“Now they can start to deal and rebuild their lives.”

Mr Swanny added: “I hope this news will make everyone smile as this is the best news we’ve had through this tragedy.”

Saffie was described as “simply a beautiful little girl” by her head teacher at Tarleton Primary School.

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Chris Upton said she was “loved by everyone”.

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