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

Volume 2 is divided into two sub-volumes: Volume 2-I and Volume 2-II. Volume 2-I is 695 pages long. Volume 2-I begins with a Preface and then continues with Parts 9 to 16. Volume 2-II is 189 pages long. It contains Parts 17 to 21 and the Appendices. A list of the names of the twenty-two who died is at page vii of Volume 2-I and at page iii of Volume 2-II.
A large format version combining Volume 2-I (ia, ib and ic) and Volume 2-II is also available.
Volume 2-I (standard format)
Volume 2-II (standard format)
Volume 2 (large format)

Alison Howe

Alison Howe was the mother of Sasha and Darcie and the stepmother of Lewis, Jack, Jordan and Harris.1 Her husband was Stephen Howe.2 Her parents were Sue and George Cann.3 She was 44 years old at the time of her death on 22nd May 2017.4

Stephen described how he first met Alison. He told her almost immediately that he loved her and would marry her one day.5 He turned out to be right. As a result, they ended up sharing a family, which brought them so much love and happiness. One of Alison’s friends told me that Alison and her husband Stephen had something special and that he gave her a fabulous life.6

Alison was adored by her family and loved as a wife, stepmother and mother.7 Family was her life.8 I heard how close she was to her mother, with whom she spent so much time, constantly laughing and enjoying a “beautiful relationship”.9 Alison had a positive, engaging personality and gave love generously to those in her life.

Alison’s “Super Six”10 children wrote a poem in which they told their mum how much they loved her. They thanked her for her love and kindness.11 Her husband proudly gave Alison credit for the way she had brought up their children and for the strength they had received from her.12 She was a force for good.13

Events of 22nd May 2017

Alison attended the Arena that night with her friend, Lisa Lees, and their daughters.14 Their daughters went to watch the concert. Alison and Lisa returned to collect them afterwards.15 Together, they entered the City Room at 22:27:01 from the direction of Manchester Victoria Railway Station.16