Manchester Arena bombing inquiry: Live updates as hearing enters week 7

The public inquiry into the Manchester Arena bombing atrocity was entering its seventh week today.

Police officers on the ground during the blast are expected to give evidence.

The independent inquiry, established by the Home Secretary Priti Patel in October last year, is expected to run until spring 2021.

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a rucksack bomb in a foyer area of the Arena, known as the City Rooms, at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017, killing 22 people and injuring hundreds more.

His younger brother Hashem Abedi, now 23, was convicted of 22 counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of conspiracy to cause an explosion following a trial in March.

He was jailed for a minimum of 55 years in August.

The inquiry is investigating the circumstances that led to the 22 people being killed in the blast.

A range of other issues will also be explored.

They include:

  • Evidence about the Arena complex itself and the security arrangements that were in place
  • The ‘planning and preparation’ carried out by the Abedi brothers
  • The response of the emergency services
  • The detonation and its effect
  • The background and radicalisation of Salman Abedi
  • Whether the attack could have been prevented.

The inquiry is expected to last for several months into spring next year.

The  Manchester Evening News will be providing live updates here.

The inquiry is expected to last for several months.

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