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Anniversary of Manchester Arena Terror Attack – update on GMP investigation

GMP Assistant Chief Constable, Russ Jackson, has issued the following statement and update on the police investigation to mark the anniversary of the terror attack on Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017.

‘The events of 22nd May will forever be etched into the history of Manchester,’ he said.

‘The attack caused huge loss of life and devastated the lives of so many. We knew quickly that 22 people had been murdered and we now know that there are over 800 people with physical and deep psychological injuries from the attack. Their lives have been altered forever.

‘Over the past year, the investigation team has worked hard to support those affected and we are consistently moved by the grace and dignity they show in trying to repair their lives. Of course for many, the loss is too great for them to ever make a full recovery from this terrible event.

‘After the initial surge of officers we had during the first few weeks, we have since sustained a team of around 100 investigators working full-time on this investigation. They have been inteviewing witnesses, painstakingly working through thousands of hours of CCTV, considering forensic material and piecing together evidence.

‘To give you an idea of the size and scale of this investigation:

Over 10,000 actions have been raised; (individual tasks allocated to officers and staff)

9,600 documents have been created;

Over 7,000 people referenced in the inquiry;

Over 13,000 exhibits have been seized;

Over 2,000 witness statements have been taken;

There have been 23 people arrested;

30 addresses have been searched;

Around 16 terabytes of data are being examined;

Over 8 million lines of telephone communications data are within our systems; and

11,000 tonnes of rubbish has been examined at the landfill site at Bury.’

The legal process continues.

‘In the meantime, we will continue to gather evidence, searching for as much detail about what happened and evidence of anyone responsible whilst supporting the families, many of whom who are going through unimaginable pain.’

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