Manchester Arena attack: Risk assessment was ‘pretty much box ticking’
An inquiry into the Manchester Arena terror attack has been told that the risk assessments carried out by operators were ‘flawed’ and ‘pretty much box ticking’.
In 2017, a suicide bomb killed 22 people attending an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. The inquiry into the attack has been told that no specific risk assessment was carried out for that specific concert and no consideration was given to the threat or a terror attack.
Miriam Stone, SMG’s Head of Events and one of the duty managers on the night of the attack, said that while there were flaws with the written documentation, “we did assess the risk”.
When asked by Paul Greaney QC, counsel to the public inquiry, whether the assessments were done to ensure a ‘box was ticked’, she replied: “I think we had got to the point where that is pretty much how it got used.”
The inquiry continues.
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