Thursday, November 24 2022


The Manchester Arena bombing investigation heard today a third day of evidence in the death of John Atkinson, one of 22 victims of the atrocity.

Mr Atkinson, 28, of Radcliffe, Bury, entered the City Room at 10:30 p.m. on May 22, 2017 after Ariana Grande’s concert and was six yards away when the bomb went off, according to the investigation.

He was a health assistant helping young adults with autism and Asperger’s and worked in a coronary stroke unit.

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The inquest has previously heard that Mr Atkinson was placed on a billboard and taken out of the City Room after the explosion.

He then suffered cardiac arrest and later died.

The investigation learned that he suffered from serious injuries to his legs and abdomen, but also suffered from heart disease.



The 22 victims

Experts told the inquest that he could have survived his injuries.

Ronald Blake, who had no first aid training and was at the Arena with his wife picking up their daughter from the Ariana Grande concert, stayed with the critically injured Mr Atkinson for just under a day. time.

Mr Blake dialed 999 within a minute of the 10:31 p.m. explosion and an ambulance service control room operator told him how to apply a makeshift tourniquet to Mr Atkinson’s leg.

The public inquiry into the atrocity learned on Wednesday that he had used his wife’s belt – then kept it in place continuously on Mr Atkinson’s right leg until he found himself with paramedics paramedics in the lobby of Manchester Victoria station.

The terrorist attack left 22 dead and hundreds more injured.

The testimonies heard by the investigation until October 12 contain information that can be distressing.

For help or support, please visit www.manchesterarenainquiry.org.uk/support-services

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device in a backpack at 10:31 p.m. as spectators left an Ariana Grande concert on site.

Abedi’s brother Hashem Abedi is serving at least 55 years behind bars for helping his brother prepare for the attack.

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