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The Manchester Arena Inquiry has now concluded. The closure notice from the Inquiry Chairman is available here.

Volume 1: Security for the Arena
Volume 1: Security for the Arena (large format)


Both GMP and BTP officers had the jurisdiction to act with the powers of a police constable within the Victoria Exchange Complex. The issue of which of these two police services should take lead in relation to any particular policing activity is known as primacy.

In Volume 1 my focus is on primacy for day-to-day policing. By day-to-day policing I mean the planning and provision of police officers to be present within Victoria Exchange Complex. The function of those officers includes the deterrence of, through visible presence, and detection of terrorist activity. I do not include the CTSA scheme within my use of the phrase day-to-day policing. Nor do I include within day-to-day policing, the response of either police service to a major incident at the Arena or, in particular, the response to a terrorist attack.

I am satisfied that BTP had primacy for the day-to-day policing of the City Room and surrounding areas within the Arena complex on 22nd May 2017.691 BTP was responsible from a day-to-day policing perspective for keeping members of the public safe in the City Room. Both GMP and BTP agree this was the case.692