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Manchester police warned in 2016 over terrorism strategy, arena inquiry hears

Inspectorate found majority of force duty officers ‘felt ill-equipped’ to deal with terror incident

Greater Manchester police were warned about shortcomings in their terrorism response plans six months before the Manchester Arena bombing, the public inquiry into the attack has been told.

The hearing heard on Monday how the police inspectorate outlined a number of concerns it had identified, as part of a national review, in a November 2016 “hot debrief” with GMP’s counter-terrorism lead, assistant chief commissioner Catherine Hankinson.

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