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PRIVATE HIRE company Street Cars was one of several cab and taxi firms to turn off their meters and help those caught up in the suicide bombing at the Arianna Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

Company boss Sam Arshad said he realised something wasn’t right when he drove past the venue at around 10:30pm on the night of the attack.

Sam-Arshad

Sam Arshad

The minicab and taxi boss said:

I saw children screaming and running. It was horrifying to see them so scared, just to imagine what they had been through. And it wasn’t long before we started to get call phone calls from panicking parents, the volume of calls was enormous. It was clear from the calls that it was a very young audience. They were literally children and they didn’t have any money to pay for taxi fares.

Sam said Street Cars agreed there and then to offer transport to anyone, children and adults, who had been left stranded after the terrorist attack.

Thirty three cab journeys were provided free of charge for those who didn’t have the money to get home and Sam added: “I could understand the pain of the parents, so we took it upon ourselves to take the children to safety. And thanks to all our drivers, they all did a great job.”

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