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October 22nd 2019

Inquests

Manchester Arena Attack: Statement from Vicky Richardson acting on behalf of victims’ families as Public Inquiry is announced

Vicky Richardson

Vicky Richardson

Manager, Civil Liberties

Manchester Arena Attack: Statement from Vicky Richardson acting on behalf of victims’ families as Public Inquiry is announced

The Home Secretary has today announced that a public inquiry will be established to investigate the deaths of the victims of the 2017 Manchester Arena attack, rather than an Inquest.

The Home Secretary has today announced that a public inquiry will be established to investigate the deaths of the victims of the 2017 Manchester Arena attack, rather than an Inquest.

The inquiry will be chaired by the Honourable Sir John Saunders, a retired High Court judge who was nominated by the Lord Chief Justice to lead the investigation into the deaths of 22 people following the Manchester Arena attack.

Hudgell Solicitors are representing the families of two victims.

Vicky Richardson, of Hudgell Solicitors, said:

“The Home Secretary has stated that it is vital that answers are provided to all those who survived or lost loved ones in this attack as part of the inquiry into what happened. That must be remembered at all stages of the investigation, no matter what the format.

“It is also crucial that the security services and police learn vital lessons to ensure all is done to prevent a similar attack in the future.

“Whilst we appreciate that many will have concerns over some elements of the inquiry being held in private, we fully understand the reasoning behind the decision to allow issues of national security to be considered and investigated out of the public spotlight.

“We have full confidence that Sir John Saunders, who will lead the inquiry, will ensure the right processes are followed, that key questions are asked and all areas of concern are fully investigated to firstly deliver the answers people both want and need, and secondly to identify appropriate recommendations to prevent future, similar devastating events happening in our country.”

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