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Manchester Arena inquiry hears emergency services commanders never once met at rendezvous point

direct to your inboxPolice, fire and ambulance service commanders didn't once come together at a rendezvous point on the ground during the emergency services response to the Manchester Arena bombing, the chairman of the public inquiry said evidence would reveal.The public inquiry has heard Greater Manchester Police declared Operation Plato, instigated when there are fears of a continuing 'marauding terrorist attack', but didn't tell the fire or ambulance services.Firefighters attended the scene more than two hours after the explosion, which killed 22 people in May, 2017.Only one paramedic was at the scene in the 40 minutes after the blast, the inquiry has heard.Sir John Saunders referenced procedure as GMP Inspector Simon Lear gave evidence.

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