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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)

Part 8 Volume 1: conclusions and recommendations

There are two sections to Part 8. This first section will set out and explain my recommendations. These are derived from the conclusions I have reached based on the evidence given about the security arrangements for the Arena. The second section will set out my approach to monitoring the progress of particular of the recommendations I make in Volume 1 (monitored recommendations).

By issuing Volume 1 at this stage, I will be in a position to receive reports from those affected by and are responsible for the monitored recommendations while the oral evidence hearings are ongoing. I will seek these reports before the conclusion of 2021.

As at the date of Volume 1, over four years have passed since the Attack. Some changes have been made at the Arena which provide greater protection for members of the public against terrorist attacks. I have concluded that more needs to be done. There remains a risk of further attacks which requires changes to be made without delay.

The monitored recommendations are all in areas in which substantial progress can be made within the remaining period of the oral evidence hearings.

The fact that I have not included a recommendation as a monitored recommendation does not mean it should not be followed. I will keep under review whether or not I need to seek any report in relation to those which are not monitored recommendations.