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Manchester attack inquiry

A public inquiry will investigate the deaths of the victims of the May 2017 Manchester Arena attack. Its chair will be Sir John Saunders, a retired High Court judge who was nominated by the Lord Chief Justice to lead the investigation and inquest into the 21 deaths.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “It is vital that those who survived or lost loved ones in the Manchester Arena attack get the answers that they need and that we learn the lessons, whatever they may be. This process is an important step for those affected as they look to move on from the attack and I know that they want answers as quickly as possible.

“I am determined to make this happen, while ensuring the proper processes are followed. Now that the coroner has decided that an inquest cannot properly investigate the deaths, I have agreed to establish an inquiry to consider all the information so that he can make appropriate recommendations.”

This is separate from the Kerslake Review into emergency preparedness during and after the attack, published last year.


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