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July 7 attacks: how London responded
Tube explosion wreckage
Heroism and insufficient planning: the story of July 7
Breakfast's main story this morning is the publication of a six month long investigation into how London responded to last year's July 7 bombings.

The report, for the London Assembly, highlights poor communications, inadequate care for survivors in the first few minutes after the attacks - and insufficient preparation.

But it also praises the heroism of the emergency services and the public as they dealt with the first suicide bombings on British soil.

This morning on Breakfast

Ben Thwaites in the Breakfast studio
Ben: the scene was chaotic

  • We heard from one man who was caught up in the Edgware Road bombing, Ben Thwaites:

    "On the day, of the disaster, it was very chaotic. It looked as though the planning was not as good as it should have been," he told us.

    The tube train Ben was travelling in was supposed to have a basic first aid box. But the boxes were locked - and the driver said that in any case, they had nothing in them.

    Ben told us how he was sent to ground level to get help - but the paramedics wouldn't come back down to the site of the explosion, until they'd been given clearance by their superiors.

    Hundreds of passengers, who could have been crucial witnesses, were allowed to walk away from the scene of the explosion without even giving their names to police. And ambulances were sent to the scene without equipment, because it had already been used en route.

    Ben, who's still having counselling after the bombings last July, told us how he's given up his job for a lower-paid one.

    But one positive thing has come out of his experience: he's planning a complete change of career and hopes to start work as a primary school teacher this September

  • We found out how communications can be improved between the emergency services and Underground staff. We talked to Mike Short, who chairs the Mobile Data Association, and Peter Power, who was a senior anti-terrorist branch officer at Scotland Yard , and is now a specialist in crisis management.

  • We talked to the Conservatives' Homeland Security Spokesman Patrick Mercer

  • We heard from Richard Barnes of the Greater London Assembly

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