1. ITV Report

Manchester Arena attack: court hearing to be held ahead of inquests

A court hearing will be held later today ahead of inquests into the deaths of 22 people killed in the Manchester Arena terror bombing.

This is the third pre-inquest review, and will be attended by some of the victims' families.

22 people were killed by suicide bomber Salman Abedi in May 2017. Credit: ITV News

It comes a week after the brother of the bomber appeared in court in the UK for the first time last week.

Hashem Abedi denies helping his brother carry out the attack. He is charged with 22 counts of murder and will next appear before a judge at the Old Bailey on July 30.

Families of the victims say they're frustrated at the lack of progress on holding the inquests. Credit: ITV News

It is not clear if the inquests will go ahead before the trial of Hashem Abedi, with inquests normally held after the conclusion of any criminal proceedings.

Andrew Petherbridge, a lawyer at Hudgell Solicitors, representing some of the victim's families, said: "There have been developments in the months since, but we again simply want to reaffirm that the families we represent are desperate to see any wider contributing factors to the tragedy being fully considered openly at full inquests, as soon as possible."

They desperately want to know more about the circumstances leading to the tragedy which saw their loved ones taken from them, and whether the outcome could have been different had things been done differently.

These are all elements that it is hoped the inquest process may answer and they are of huge importance not only to families, but of course society as a whole.

– Andrew Petherbridge, lawyer