Crime & the Law

Manchester bombing inquiry: Two hours before fire engines arrived

The Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry has been hearing about the co-ordination of the emergency services.

On day 53 of the inquiry, Detective Inspector Michael Russell of the Greater Manchester Police continued answering questions about the timeline of the police, fire and ambulance response.

The inquiry was shown a CCTV image of the first fire engines arriving at Manchester Area, with a time stamp of 00:36:59.

“That’s just over two hours and five minutes after the explosion,” explained Nicholas de la Poer, counsel to the inquiry.

On May 22 2017, suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a homemade bomb in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena as people were leaving an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 people and injuring hundreds more.

The hearing continues.

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