Sir John Saunders, Chairman of the Manchester Arena Inquiry has published Volume Two of his report into the death of the 22 victims of the attack on 22nd May 2017 at the end of an Ariana Grande concert. Suicide-bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device following the concert. The victims were aged between 8 and 51 years.
The report, Volume Two: Emergency Response, is the second of three and examines the emergency response following the attack at the Manchester Arena.
The Manchester Arena Inquiry was established and began on 7 September 2020 to investigate the deaths of the victims of the bomb attack. Inquiry Chairman and retired High Court Judge Sir John Saunders was initially appointed as coroner of the inquests before the then Home Secretary Priti Patel appointed him as chair of Inquiry in October 2019.
Prior to his present appointment, from October 2016 to July 2017, he was a visiting fellow at Magdalen College Oxford carrying out research into various aspects of the criminal law. From November 2016 to January 2020 Sir John Saunders was the Vice Chairman of the Parole Board of England and Wales. Sir John is also the former Judicial Commissioner at the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office.
Watch Sir John Saunders statement: [YouTube]
Read Sir John Saunders statement: [Manchester Arena Inquiry]
The report is available here: [Manchester Arena Inquiry]
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