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Nick Alexander inquest: Paris Bataclan attack witnesses identified

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Image caption Nick Alexander was killed in the Bataclan theatre during the Paris attacks on 13 November

Nearly 40 witnesses of the Bataclan shootings in Paris have been found, a court has been told ahead of an inquest into the death of a British man.

Nick Alexander was the only Briton among 89 people killed at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the theatre..

A pre-inquest review into his death heard that 37 witnesses have been identified who were at the Bataclan.

Mr Alexander died from gunshot wounds to his stomach and chest, a previous hearing found.

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The 35-year-old, from Colchester, Essex was selling band merchandise when he was killed on 13 November.

Image caption Nick Alexander's mother Shelagh attended the 20 minute hearing at Chelmsford Coroner's Court

His mother Shelagh Alexander and sister Zoe Alexander attended the 20 minute hearing at Chelmsford Coroner's Court.

Senior Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray thanked them for giving her an order of service from his funeral.

"This is my first opportunity to express sympathy to you upon the loss of a much loved and admired son and brother in the most appalling circumstances.

"He was clearly a gifted and charismatic young man," she said.

Det Chief Insp Philip Howarth, from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command, said the French investigation into the attacks is continuing under the leadership of a judge, and it is not known when it will be concluded.

He said: "A lot of evidence has been gathered from eyewitnesses and 37 witnesses have been identified at the Bataclan theatre.

"We have obtained 22 statements. There are further individuals who can provide statements but some are not resident in the UK."

The court heard the full inquest is likely to take place at the end of May.

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