Prevent another 7/7, coroner urged
Relatives of those killed in the 7/7 bombings have called on a coroner to make a series of recommendations to prevent future deaths.
Lawyers for the bereaved families said there are 33 specific areas where action needs to be taken to protect the safety of the public.
They include nine points relating to the alleged failure by MI5 and the police to prevent the attacks on London's transport network on July 7, 2005.
The recommendations proposed by the relatives also encompass the use of plain English by the emergency services to avoid misunderstandings which could cost lives.
The coroner, Lady Justice Hallett, hit out at baffling management jargon last week, saying: "When it comes to a situation like a major incident, people do not understand who and what the other person is."
The inquest into the deaths of the 52 innocent victims of the suicide bombings on three Tube trains and a bus is drawing to a close after hearing five months of evidence. It has a wide-ranging remit to examine whether the emergency services' response was adequate and whether MI5 and the police could have prevented the attacks.
The coroner on Thursday heard submissions about what findings she should make under "Rule 43", which gives her powers to make recommendations to prevent deaths in the future.
Barrister Caoilfhionn Gallagher outlined the measures sought by the bereaved relatives. She said: "For many of the families this in one way is the most important part because it is looking to the future and seeing whether lessons can be learned from the atrocities of 7/7 and whether the deaths of their loved ones can contribute to saving others."
One of the recommendations proposed by the bereaved relatives covers stricter rules about the sale of hydrogen peroxide, which was the main ingredient in the home-made bombs used in the 7/7 attacks. The terrorists openly bought large quantities of liquid oxygen, which can be boiled down to get hydrogen peroxide, from a number of different stores.
Ms Gallagher said Britain had lagged behind other countries, including Australia and Canada, in introducing restrictions on the availability of the chemical. She said: "Almost six years after 7/7 a recommendation is still justified to emphasise the need for this to be dealt with very quickly."