THE inquests into the deaths of 52 people in the July 7 bombings will scrutinise alleged failings by police and the security services, it was announced today.
Coroner Lady Justice Hallett said it is "not too remote" to investigate what was known in the years before the atrocities took place.
She told the Royal Courts of Justice that inquests into the deaths of the four suicide bombers, including former Rawthorpe High pupil Jermaine Lindsay, will be held separately and she will sit without a jury.
Announcing that she will resume the inquests later this year, Lady Hallett said: "The scope of the inquest into the 52 deaths will include the alleged intelligence failings and the immediate aftermath of the bombings.
"To my mind it is not too remote to investigate what was known in the year or two before the alleged bombings. Plots of this kind are not developed overnight."
She added that she will not empanel a jury and intends to grant "interested persons" status to relatives of those killed and the emergency services, but not to survivors.
Lady Hallett said: "I am sure however that the survivors, despite not being granted interested persons status, will play an important part in the process.
"I will do all I can to make sure their interests are properly taken into account."