Manchester Arena inquiry: Live exercise before bombing was ‘catastrophic failure’


A live counter-terrorism exercise a year before the Manchester Arena bombing was a “catastrophic failure” and would have led to even more loss of life had it been real, the inquiry has heard.

Firefighters and paramedics did not turn up for more than two hours after the police failed to call them forward during the 2016 exercise – a situation replicated on the night of the bombing.

On the night of the attack in May 2017, firefighters did not deploy to the arena for more than two hours because they could not get through to police – and only one paramedic entered the scene of the explosion in the first 40 minutes.

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Source: Sky News