A survivor left paralysed by the Manchester Arena bombing has slammed a report into the work of the emergency services following the terror attack.
Martin Hibbert, 41, who was closest to suicide bomber Salman Abedi when he detonated the explosive, said Lord Bob Kerslake’s probe was ‘offensive’ to both victims and survivors.
He said the review offered ‘no answers to anything’ and claimed the emergency services have ‘blood on their hands’ with first aiders ‘playing Roman Emperor by choosing who lived and who died’.
First responders have been criticised over the chaotic reaction to the bombing as it emerged firefighters were not on the scene of the terror attack for two hours.
A mix-up between police and the fire and rescue service meant the valuable assistance of fire crews was delayed by two hours and six minutes after the bombing, which left 22 dead and more than 100 injured.
The fire service ‘stuck to the rules’ of an operation designed to keep emergency service workers away from on-the-run terrorists amid uncertainty over whether the bomber was still on the loose.
Luckily, paramedics did not follow the same rules and twelve ambulances, along with armed police, did arrive within 20 minutes.
The report refused to say whether the delays led to extra deaths, insisting that question should be decided by a coroner.