Manchester victim’s mum to Trump: Stop the hate!

The mother of a concert-goer who was killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack has urged Donald Trump to “stop all this hate campaign”.

Figen Murray told the US President in a tweet that “spreading racist material is equal to throwing petrol into a burning fire”.

Her son, Martyn Hett, died when a huge bomb packed with shrapnel exploded at the end of an Ariana Grande gig on 22 May.

The 29-year-old was one of 22 people killed by suicide bomber Salman Abedi as they left the concert venue.

Mrs Murray joined those condemning Mr Trump after he shared Twitter posts by anti-Islam party Britain First this week.

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Image: Donald Trump has been widely condemned for sharing far-right Twitter posts

The President’s actions have sparked a diplomatic row after Prime Minister Theresa May said Mr Trump he was “wrong” to share the posts by the extremist group’s deputy leader Jayda Fransen.

Ms Fransen is due in court next month on a charge of using threatening or abusive language following an appearance at a far-right rally in Belfast this summer.

After Mr Trump hit back at the Prime Minister, Mrs Murray told the US President in a tweet: “My son Martyn Hett was killed at Manchester arena. So I experienced terror first hand.

“But spreading racist material is equal to throwing petrol into a burning fire.

“Anger breeds anger, hate breeds hate! Please just stop all this hate campaign.”

TV soap opera superfan Mr Hett caught the public’s imagination with his exuberant and witty social media accounts.

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He also attracted attention for his tattoo of beloved Coronation Street character Deidre Barlow, while stars from the show were among hundreds who attended his funeral.

In December last year, a Twitter post by Mr Hett expressing his sadness at his mother’s failure to sell her hand-crafted items at a fair soon went viral, sparking a rush of business for Mrs Murray.

Following his death in May’s terror attack, a play titled “#BeMoreMartyn” was performed in Manchester to celebrate the PR manager’s flamboyant and colourful life.

Manchester terror victim Martyn Hett's mother Figen Murray and stepfather Stuart Murray

Image: Figen Murray and Martyn’s stepfather Stuart Murray speak in the days after the terror attack

His brother, Dan Hett, has been bombarded by far-right Twitter trolls after speaking out against extremism in the months after Martyn’s death.

He has also announced plans to tour dozens of schools around the UK to talk to pupils about the “real effects of extremism”.

In the days after her son was killed, Mrs Murray revealed she was comforted by the thought Mr Hett would have loved the attention his death generated.

Her son would think “he’s finally made it to stardom”, she said.

Mrs Murray has also spoken of her forgiveness for Abedi.