Jeremy Vine rages 'you had one job' as he savages damning Manchester Arena inquiry finding


    Jeremy Vine has swiped out at the emergency services after police, fire and ambulance chiefs offered up public apologies after the damming report was published highlighting serious faults in their response to the Manchester Arena bombing. Reflecting on the findings, Mr Vine says the emergency services had “one job.”

    Mr Vine said: “It is one of these things where you had one job.

    “I’m sorry you’re not going to get another chance to do this.

    “There’s no good…please God there’s nothing like this in the next 50 years in Manchester. There’s no defence.”

    He added: “The fire brigade didn’t turn up for two hours. When they did they mustered three miles away?

    “If I was an individual firefighter, but I wanted to go in there. But the boss says don’t go in.”

    One of the 22 people murdered in the suicide attack would probably have survived but for the failures on the night, the report said, which made 149 recommendations in light of the public inquiry into the bombing.

    Care worker John Atkinson, 28, was six metres away when the explosion went off in the City Room foyer of the venue at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on the evening of May 22 2017.

    A member of the public used his wife’s belt as a tourniquet on Mr Atkinson’s leg as he lay bleeding in agony on the City Room floor for up to 50 minutes, during which time he told a police officer: “I’m gonna die.”

    Sir John’s report concluded: “Significant aspects of the emergency response on May 22 2017 went wrong. This should not have happened.

    “Some of what went wrong had serious and, in the case of John Atkinson, fatal consequences for those directly affected by the explosion.”

    Sir John said it was “highly unlikely” that the bombing’s youngest victim, eight-year-old Saffie-Rose Roussos, would have survived her injuries with “only a remote possibility she could have survived with different treatment and care”.

    Fire crews took more than two hours to even attend the incident after station manager Andy Berry chose to mobilise resources three miles from the Arena amid fears over safety.


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