Arena police hero ‘right to ignore plan’
PRAISE Chief Ian Hopkins A POLICE officer who saved lives in the Manchester Arena terror attack by ignoring official protocol has been praised by his chief constable.
Greater Manchester police chief Ian Hopkins said the officer, who was “too humble” to want to be named, had made “absolutely the right decision”.
Under plans for a terror siege, armed officers are supposed to form a cordon around the site to make it easier to find the attacker.
But instead of withdrawing police helping the dying and injured, the officer let them stay.
Mr Hopkins said: “It was a hugely courageous decision... it was the right one.”
Bells will ring across the city at 10.31pm on Tuesday to mark a year since the attack in which 22 died. VIOLENT Wallace hurled acid over ex VICTIM Mark before the horror assault
THE jealous woman whose acid attack on her sleeping ex-boyfriend led him to end his life has been found not guilty of his murder.
Newly released photos show the bed that was burnt by the liquid during Berlinah Wallace’s assault on Mark van Dongen.
Yesterday a jury concluded Wallace, 48, was guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent to cause GBH – which has a maximum sentence of life – but that her actions did not amount to murder. Mark’s dad Kees, who was in tears in court, has called Wallace “the devil personified”.
He said he was “disappointed in the outcome of the case”.
The distraught dad added: “Mark was so brave when confronted with the hellish pain and disabilities inflicted on him, but eventually it all became too much for him to bear.”
He said “we explored every avenue” before he accepted his 29-year-old son’s decision to have an assisted suicide. Mark was horrifically y disfigured by the attack in Bristol in 2015.
The engineer’s face, arms, neck and legs were severely burnt.
Mark was left blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other. He was also paralysed from the neck down and had to have part of his left leg amputated after developing an infection.
The three-week trial heard that he told police he was awoken by the attack at 3am.
He was so brave about the hellish pain but it became too much for him
DAD KEES ON SON’S DECISION TO HAVE AN ASSISTED SUICIDE
GRIM SCENE Bed where Mark was attacked