Manchester Arena inquiry: PC wanted 'all hands on deck' at scene

Manchester Arena inquiry: PC wanted 'all hands on deck' at scene

5/11/2021 8:15:00 PM

Manchester Arena inquiry: PC wanted 'all hands on deck' at scene

A firearms officer says he was desperate to get more help in to treat the Manchester attack victims.

Twenty-two people died in the attack on 22 May 2017One of the first police officers to arrive at the scene of the Manchester Arena attack has told a public inquiry he was desperate to get emergency responders in to treat the injured.PC Edward Richardson said the incident should have been treated as a so-called "warm zone", so responders could help.

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With four firearms officers at the scene, he said he would not have forced anyone treating the injured leave."I'm never going to tell them to leave and then watch people die," he said.The firearms officer, who took on the role of Operational Firearms Commander on the night, said although he regarded the arena foyer area to be vulnerable to the threat of another bomb, he felt it was necessary responders could get in and treat the injured.

Twenty-two people were killed when Salman Abedi detonated a homemade device at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May 2017.'It was disbelief'Mr Richardson said he wanted responders there quickly. Read more: BBC News (UK) »

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