Services not to blame for death

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THE INQUEST into the death of a Swanwick man and 51 other victims of the 2005 London bombings has returned a verdict of unlawful killing.

Michael Brewster, 52, known to his friends as ‘Stan’ was travelling on the Edgware Road Underground train when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb just a few yards away from where he was sitting.

On Friday, coroner Lady Justice Hallett said the emergency services were not to blame and could not have saved any of the victims –even if they had arrived at the scene earlier.

But fault was found with the MI5’s method of assessing terror suspects and questions were raised over the service’s record keeping in the wake of the July 7, 2005, attacks.

Lady Justice Hallett, said of the victims: “I am satisfied on the balance of probabilities that each of them would have died whatever time the emergency services reached and rescued them.”

The coroner criticised MI5, saying she did not accept it had made every possible improvement since 7/7.

She also described a series of badly cropped images of the main suspects the MI5 used to show to informants, as ‘dreadful’.

This week Stan’s wife Sandra Brewster, who was present at the Royal Courts of Justice on Friday, said: “There is a sense of finality now but the outcome is no different.

“We all just miss him now as much as we did do in the beginning really.”

The purpose of the inquest, which began on October 12, was to determine the facts of how the 52 victims of the bombings were killed.

It also assessed the role MI5 and the emergency services had played and whether lives could have been spared.

Mr Brewster’s death is marked every year in Amber Valley by a pre-season football tournament.

The Stan Brewster Memorial Tournament will take place on July 17.