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Manchester Arena review ‘reshaped’ CT teams

The inquiry into the bombing at the Manchester Arena in May 2017 has heard that ‘fast-time’ learning from the attack has helped bring about changes in how UK counter terrorism teams work.

The inquiry into the attack, which killed 22 people, was told that senior officers reviewed what happened five days later to learn from it, with the hearing being told that their 21 recommendations had mostly been implemented.

Lucy D'Orsi, Deputy Assistant Commissioner with National Counter Terrorism Police, said she believed the security advice at the time was correct. She told the inquiry that days after the bombing, representatives from National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) travelled to Manchester. They made 21 recommendations to improve protective measures. D'Orsi told the inquiry the majority of these improvements had been applied, while the others were in the process of being implemented.

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