Manchester Arena attack inquiry report to be published today, The Manc

Manchester Arena attack inquiry report to be published today

The public inquiry – hosted by Sir John Saunders – has been ongoing since September 2020, having been launched by the Home Secretary to help victims and mourners “get the answers they need”.

The first report from the inquiry into the Manchester Arena attack is set to be published on Thursday (June 17).

Findings from the inquiry will highlight the security failings that enabled Salman Abedi to successfully scout out the Arena and detonate a bomb that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande gig whilst injuring hundreds more.

The public inquiry – hosted by Sir John Saunders – has been ongoing since September 2020, having been launched by the Home Secretary to help victims and mourners “get the answers they need”.

Many have stepped up to provide evidence over several months – including emergency service workers, security staff and survivors.

Figen Murray, the mother of Martyn Hett who was killed in the attack, has also spoken out during the inquiry – pushing for a “Martyn’s Law” Protect Duty which would require public places and venues to improve security.

A government consultation on the law is now underway.

The inquiry has learned about several “missed opportunities” to stop Salman Abedi – who hid in CCTV blind spots to evade security.

Questions have also been raised as to the lack of patrols taking place in the Arena on the night of the attack.

Manchester Arena attack inquiry report to be published today, The Manc
Salman Abedi on the day of the attack / GMP

Salman Abedi planned the bombing in May 2017 alongside his brother Hashem – now in jail for 55 years.

The eldest Abedi brother, Ismail, has failed to appear at the inquiry – with his request for immunity denied.

The inquiry is due to publish its report in Manchester at 2pm on June 17.

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