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Manchester England Arena bombing report: the key points: The Greater Manchester fire and rescue service did not arrive at the scene and therefore played “no meaningful role” in the response to the attack for nearly two hours. A “catastrophic failure” by Vodafone seriously hampered the set-up of a casualty bureau to collate information on the missing and injured, causing significant distress to families as they searched for loved ones and overwhelming call handlers at Greater Manchester police. Complaints about the media include photographers who took pictures of bereaved relatives through a window as the death of their loved ones was being confirmed, and a reporter who passed biscuit tin up to a hospital ward containing a note offering £2,000 for information about the injured. A shortage of stretchers and first aid kits led to casualties being carried out of the Arena on advertising boards and railings. Armed police patrolling the building dropped off their own first aid kits as they secured the area. Children affected by the attack had to wait eight months for mental health support.
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