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Martyn Hett's boyfriend pays touching tribute to Arena victim

The boyfriend of Martyn Hett who died in the Manchester Arena terror attack has posted a touching tribute for him on the fifth anniversary of the bombing. In a social media post addressed to his partner, who was 29 when he died, Russell Hayward has said “my heart will always have a permanent piece missing”.

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Twenty-two people died and hundreds were injured when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in the foyer at the venue at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017.Martyn Hett, 29, was among those who died and his father Paul Hett has now said he “can’t understand” why the attacker Salman Abedi was not classed as a person of interest by the security services prior to the attack.Mr Hett told BBC Breakfast that when the bombing happened, “we thought that Martyn was just in the wrong place at the wrong time” and “extremely unlucky”.“Now we know that wasn’t the case,” he said. “The fact was that this could and should have been prevented and we just can’t get over that.”A public inquiry into the bombing has been exploring the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the bombing and is due to publish its findings later in the year.It has so far heard that on May 1 2017, Abedi had been assessed as meeting the threshold to be considered for further investigation by MI5 and was due to be considered for referral on May 31, 2017.A senior MI5 officer later conceded that it was a mistake not to question the bomber after he returned to the UK from Libya four days before the attack.Mr Hett said he “can’t understand” why Abedi was not a person of interest, because he had “at least eight” known terrorist contacts.“He also visited a convicted terrorist in prison on two occasions,” he said.