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Glastonbury revellers urged to be patient amid raised security checks

Festival goers are being asked to “be patient” as they contend with heightened security checks to get into Glastonbury. Extra car and bag searches mean getting on the site is likely to be a slow process for the thousands of ticket holders hoping to set up camp early. Avon and Somerset Police say there is “no intelligence” to suggest a specific threat to the festival. However, in the wake of the terror attacks in London and Manchester, increased security measures have been introduced. Assistant Chief Constable Caroline Peters says the policing style “may look and feel slightly different” but, like the rest of the UK, “festival-goers should be alert but not alarmed”. High visibility officers are going to be present throughout the festival, mostly for reassurance. “Police officers, they’re going to be wearing black shirts, they’re going to be wearing protective vests and body cameras – but that’s no different to any day to day patrol,” she added.

After the suicide attack on Manchester Arena, security at major music events has been a lot more visible. Armed police protected rockers at the Download Festival and the Isle of White. In Germany, thousands of people had to be evacuated from a rock festival when police received a credible terror threat. John Gearson, Professor of National Security Studies at King’s College, says police face a challenge; how best to deter copycats without making the public feel alarmed. “The difficult question, I think, for the police and for the organisers is how far an armed police presence will be appropriate and needed to deter people who might want to carry out armed attacks. “We are going to control it and contain it, but in the current climate people have to accept that there is a greater risk, let’s say a residual danger, than there was in previous years.

“People who think they’ve got nothing to do with politics will find they are the target of some of these terrible violent acts.” Festival goers have been asked to play their part in keeping Glastonbury safe and secure. Ticket-holders have been told to pack light, place luggage tags or ID on all bags and belongings including their name and mobile number. Queues getting into Glastonbury are nothing new . It is, after all, the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. This time last year, on the Wednesday before the festival, congestion on the roads caused traffic jams that some claimed lasted almost 11 hours.

The reason then was simple: mud .

Flash floods meant poor conditions for driving onto the site.

Glastonbury queues warning due to increased security checks

Festival goers are being asked to “be patient” as they contend with heightened security checks to get into Glastonbury. Extra car and bag searches mean getting on the site is likely to be a slow process for the thousands of ticket holders hoping to set up camp early. Avon and Somerset Police say there is “no intelligence” to suggest a specific threat to the festival. However, in the wake of the terror attacks in London and Manchester, increased security measures have been introduced. Assistant Chief Constable Caroline Peters says the policing style “may look and feel slightly different” but, like the rest of the UK, “festival-goers should be alert but not alarmed”.

Image: Rock am Ring in Germany was evacuated by police

High visibility officers are going to be present throughout the festival, mostly for reassurance. “Police officers, they’re going to be wearing black shirts, they’re going to be wearing protective vests and body cameras – but that’s no different to any day to day patrol,” she added. After the suicide attack on Manchester Arena, security at major music events has been a lot more visible. Armed police protected rockers at the Download Festival and the Isle of Wight. In Germany, thousands of people had to be evacuated from a rock festival when police received a credible terror threat. John Gearson, Professor of National Security Studies at King’s College, says police face a challenge; how best to deter copycats without making the public feel alarmed.

“The difficult question, I think, for the police and for the organisers is how far an armed police presence will be appropriate and needed to deter people who might want to carry out armed attacks. “We are going to control it and contain it, but in the current climate people have to accept that there is a greater risk, let’s say a residual danger, than there was in previous years.

Image: Manchester bomber Salman Abedi targeted people leaving an Ariana Grande concert

“People who think they’ve got nothing to do with politics will find they are the target of some of these terrible violent acts.” Festival goers have been asked to play their part in keeping Glastonbury safe and secure. Ticket-holders have been told to pack light, place luggage tags or ID on all bags and belongings including their name and mobile number. Queues getting into Glastonbury are nothing new . It is, after all, the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world.

This time last year, on the Wednesday before the festival, congestion on the roads caused traffic jams that some claimed lasted almost 11 hours. The reason then was simple: mud . Flash floods meant poor conditions for driving onto the site.

Police throw huge security net over mosques, churches, synagogues and temples

Police have launched a massive security operation around places of worship throughout Britain following the North London van attack1. Extra officers have been deployed to patrol mosques, churches, synagogues and temples to combat hate crimes and terror attacks.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan2, said: The Met have deployed extra police to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan. But Labour called for a massive boost to security checks on all mosques in a bid to stop another attack.

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Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott took to Twitter about policing Home Secretary Amber Rudd said 2.4million was designated last year

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott tweeted: Shocking terror attack outside Finsbury Park mosque . Police must urgently review security for all mosques.

Amber Rudd3, the Home Secretary, stressed that 2.4mllion had been designated to protecting places of worship last year. She said more than a dozen mosques were being given special attention by police.

Officers at MI5 are stepping surveillance operations on right-wing organisations suspected

of wanting to launch attacks against Islamic targets like mosques and community centres.

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Gun cops stood guard at Finsbury Park mosque Armed officers are a more common sight on Britain’s streets

But both police and MI5 are hugely stretched by the ongoing terror threat, with the Security Service having to prioritise some surveillance jobs over others.

One source said: This is the most frenetic pace at which MI54 has been working to counter attacks in many years and it is being swamped with leads.

Intelligence gathering can be very methodical and painstaking but the pace of threat at the moment is speeding that process up.

That means mistakes could be made and certain things overlooked.

References

  1. ^ North London van attack (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Sadiq Khan (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Amber Rudd (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ MI5 (www.mirror.co.uk)