The public inquiry into the Manchester Arena bombing continues today, with further evidence on the response of the emergency services due to be heard.

Monday (March 1) marks day 68 of the inquiry.

Two witnesses are scheduled to give evidence.

They are Brigadier Timothy Hodgetts, from the charity Citizen AID, and Margaret Gillespie, who is the Deputy Director in the Emergencies and Resilience Division of The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The independent public inquiry, established by Home Secretary Priti Patel, is expected to run well into this year.

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Suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a rucksack bomb in a foyer area of the Arena, known as the City Room, at the end of an Ariana

Grande concert, killing 22 people and injuring hundreds more on May 22, 2017.

His younger brother Hashem Abedi, now 23, was convicted of 22 counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of conspiracy to cause an explosion following a trial in March last year.

He was jailed for a minimum of 55 years in August last year.

The inquiry is investigating the circumstances that led to the 22 people being killed in the blast.

The Manchester Evening News will be providing live updates below.