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7/7 attacks inquest: King's Cross fire lesson 'ignored'

  • 5-6-2011

The author of the report into the King's Cross fire in 1987 has voiced his anger after the 7/7 inquest revealed his recommendations were not taken up.

Sir Desmond Fennell's inquiry blamed lack of radio contact during the fire, in which 31 people died.

The inquest into the 7 July bombings found radios did not work.

The Royal United Services Institute said no-one was to blame for the lack of implementation.

The think tank called for the creation of an emergency services minister who will have responsibility.

Fifty-two people died when Islamic extremists attacked London's transport network in 2005.

The inquest found the victims were unlawfully killed, although coroner Lady Justice Hallett said the emergency service response did not cost any lives.

She made nine recommendations for MI5, the emergency services and Transport for London, aimed at saving lives in future.

The hearings revealed the confusion of the emergency services and transport controllers as the full extent of the situation emerged.

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