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Manchester Arena Inquiry: Relatives to give ‘pen portraits’

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image captionThe bomb was detonated at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 people

Relatives will present “pen portraits” of the 22 victims who died in the Manchester Arena bombing as the public inquiry heads into its second week.

Twenty-two people were killed when Salman Abedi detonated a bomb as 14,000 fans left the arena in May 2017.

The portraits will give each family the chance to provide a personal insight into the lives of those who died in the explosion.

The commemorative hearings are expected to conclude on 23 September.

The inquiry comes more than three years after the fatal bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester city centre, which left hundreds more injured.

  • What is the Manchester Arena inquiry?

It was due to start in June, but was delayed by the trial of Abedi’s brother Hashem, who was jailed for at least 55 years for 22 murders on 20 August.

The inquiry is being held at Manchester Magistrates’ Court, less than a mile away from where the bombing happened.

The “pen portraits” will be provided by family members, or others on their behalf, reading out witness statements and playing music and videos to remember those who died, with about four given each day.

The loved ones of Martyn Hett, Eilidh MacLeod, John Atkinson and Sorrell Leczkowski are expected to be the first heard.

The inquiry was set up to examine the background to the attack and the response of the emergency services.

Its chairman, Sir John Saunders, will make a report and recommendations once all the evidence has been heard, which is expected to take up to six months.

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