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Manchester bomb 'swept under carpet', says survivor

By Cate McCurry

Published 15/06/2016

The scene of devastation in Manchester city centre after the bomb attack in 1996
The scene of devastation in Manchester city centre after the bomb attack in 1996

A survivor of an IRA attack in Manchester has hit out at the city council for failing to host an event to remember the biggest bomb in Great Britain since the Second World War.

Neil Tattersall was seriously hurt when the IRA detonated two explosions in the city in December 1992, injuring 64 people.

Four years later, a 3,000lb truck bomb was detonated near the city's Arndale Centre on June 15, 1996, causing widespread devastation and leaving more than 200 people injured.

Miraculously, no one was killed in the second attack.

The IRA gave a number of warnings approximately 90 minutes before the blast after abandoning a Ford Cargo truck in Corporation Street.

There will be no civic commemoration held today to mark the 20th anniversary of the bombing after council chief said the city in the north of England had "moved on".

But Mr Tattersall, who will instead attend a commemorative event organised by BBC Radio Manchester and the Manchester Evening News newspaper, accused the council of brushing the bomb under the carpet.

"The council has failed to provide support to victims in any way," he said. "It's like they have forgotten about it and don't want to talk about it, and that needs to stop. It's like the 1992 bombings - it was just brushed under the table.

"We didn't ask for this to happen to us, but they are making us pay for it. I've been to some commemorations in Northern Ireland and it helped me massively.

"It makes the victim feel as if they are not alone and that there are people out there for me. I got a great sense of who I was, but we don't get that over here."

But in a statement, a spokesman for Manchester City Council said: "We do not forget the events of that day or seek to downplay them. The world has moved on. Manchester has moved on."

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