Counter-terror police relied on Twitter for information for three hours after the Manchester Arena bombings as one of Britain’s most senior officers revealed he only heard about the attack from a husband of one of his senior colleagues. Speaking at an inquiry into the 2017 terror attacks today, Neil Basu revealed he found out about the attack at around 11.55pm on May 22, nearly 90 minutes after the attack. A colleague’s husband was on a training course in the area and may have heard about the attack over local police radio, Mr Basu told the inquiry. During the phone call, Mr Basu’s colleague told him: ‘Don’t go to sleep because it looks like something’s happening.’ It was also revealed the SO15 Reserve, a 24-hour operations centre for national counter-terrorism operations, was still having to rely on Twitter for information at 12.13am, nearly three hours after the attack. Mr Basu told the inquiry how social media provided a ‘massive hindrance,’ as it took up police time. The shocking delay was revealed after Mr Basu admitted a report into four terror attacks in 2017 which found 103 things could have been done better by counter-terrorism officials was a ‘humbling moment’. The inquiry into… Read full this story
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