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Manchester bomb victims to be at heart of enquiry

By Kim Pilling

People caught up in the Manchester Arena bombing will be placed at the heart of an independent review into the tragedy, its chair has announced.

Lord Kerslake has been appointed by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham to lead a panel which will look at how prepared the city was for the attack on May 22 and how it responded.

In July, Mr Burnham promised an "open, honest and independent" review after suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people following an Ariana Grande concert.

Yesterday Lord Kerslake said: "I am determined to put people at the heart of this independent review which has been commissioned by the Mayor and aims to establish exactly what happened on the night and the days that followed."

The panel will hear from anyone affected by the attack.

Its initial findings are set to be published in January before a final report is delivered next April.

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