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Manchester Arena boss denies 'scrounging around to save pennies' on medical care before the 2017 bombing

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Don't miss a thing by getting the day's biggest stories sent direct to your inbox The general manager of Manchester Arena has denied the venue owners were 'scrounging around to save pennies' on medical care before the 2017 bombing.

James Allen, who was and remains the Arena boss and a senior official at its owners SMG Europe Ltd, was forced to defend accusations the firm had been 'passive, complacent and reactive' at time when the national terror threat was high, meaning an attack on the UK was likely.

Ten years before the blast, the firm had contracted out medical and first aid services on concert nights to Emergency Training UK (ETUK), the arena's previous provider, despite allegations of financial irregularities and dishonesty, the

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