No cops on patrol at Manchester Arena for over 30 mins on night of bombing, inquiry hears

THERE were no cops on patrol at Manchester Arena for more than 30 minutes on the night Salman Abedi carried out his bomb attack, an inquiry heard.

PC Stephen Corke, the most senior cop on duty, missed the blast at the Ariana Grande gig because he was late after taking a detour en route.

Two PCSOs admitted going for a 90-minute meal break — 30 minutes longer than allowed.

Ignoring rules to stagger slots, they overlapped with two other cops on break at the same time.

One, PC Jessica Bullough, returned to duty after two hours and nine minutes.

She was tasked with patrolling the City Rooms, but Abedi, 22, had already made his way there with no risk of being challenged.

He then hid in a “black spot” on the mezzanine for an hour before going down to a lower level to set off his suicide bomb, killing 22 people.

PC Corke, who would have been on the mezzanine, said had he been there earlier, he would “like to think” he would’ve been suspicious of rucksack-toting Abedi.

Neal Hatfield, whose daughters were at the gig, said he alerted security guards to Abedi before the attack as he thought he looked like a “Bond villain”. Inquiry continues.


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