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Extra security in place for Arsenal-Chelsea FA Cup final

Last Updated: 23/05/17 2:27pm

Wembley will have enhanced security for Saturday’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea

The Football Association says “enhanced security” will be in place at the FA Cup final in the wake of Monday’s Manchester attack. A terrorist attack at the end of a concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday night left 22 people dead and 59 injured. And sporting organisations including the FA, the EFL and the International Cricket Council have sought to reassure supporters due to attend upcoming games. The victims of the attack will be remembered at Saturday’s final between Arsenal and Chelsea, and fans have been told to expect extra security checks at Wembley.

“Fan safety is of paramount importance and we have robust security measures in place at Wembley Stadium,” an FA statement read. “In collaboration with the Metropolitan Police and the local authorities there will be an enhanced security operation for all upcoming events. “All supporters are encouraged to arrive for events at Wembley Stadium as early as possible for security checks and to avoid any delays in entering the stadium.”

Wembley also hosts the League Two and Championship play-off finals on Sunday and Monday, and an EFL statement read: “Whilst there have been no specific threats in this country, our Security Advisor will be liaising with Wembley Stadium, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) and the Metropolitan Police to ensure the arrangements in place provide a safe and secure environment for all supporters attending this weekend’s play-off matches. “The safety of fans remains our highest priority . The EFL takes security issues extremely seriously and we would urge all supporters planning to be at Wembley Stadium to be vigilant of their surroundings at all times, stay alert and not be alarmed.”

Manchester United held a minute’s silence for the victims and those injured in the Manchester attacks

Manchester United held a minute’s silence for the victims as they prepared to fly out for Wednesday’s Europa League final in Stockholm, where stringent security measures are in place1. The ICC, meanwhile, says security is the “highest priority” ahead of its Champions Trophy and Women’s World Cup tournaments in England. “We operate on advice from our Tournament Security Directorate – in conjunction with the ECB and relevant authorities – to ensure that we have a robust safety and security plan for both tournaments,” a statement read. “We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels.

“The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe.”

References

  1. ^ stringent security measures are in place (www.skysports.com)

Manchester suicide attacker ‘was known to security services but not thought to pose immediate threat’

The suicide bomber who killed 22 people, including children, at an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester1 was known to security services but they did not believe he posed an immediate threat, sources said today. About 59 people were injured when the terrorist detonated an improvised explosive device in a foyer packed with fans and families at the Manchester Arena last night. Police said the atrocity was carried out by a lone male bomber, who died at the scene . He is not included in the death toll.

Today Theresa May condemned the killer s warped and twisted mind .2

In Downing Street, after chairing a Cobra emergency committee, the Prime Minister said: This attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives. General election campaigning has been suspended . Mrs May said police knew the identity of the attacker and were working to establish if he was acting alone or as part of a wider group. It is thought he had been known to the security services but sources said he was not thought to be an immediate threat.

The Prime Minister vowed to defeat the ideology that often fuels this violence , saying: We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage. Greater Manchester Police today said it had arrested a man, 23, in the south of the city in connection with the attack. Chief constable Ian Hopkins said: This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see.

The identity of one victim emerged today as friends paid tribute to Georgina Callander, 18, from Tarleton in Lancashire3 . Her mother confirmed her death to them. Shelby Wharton, 17, told the Standard that Miss Callander was kind and loving , adding: We were all praying for her to be found safely.

“Then we were told she had passed away . She was always very open, would talk to everyone . She was so nice .

It does not feel real . I just pray for her family.

Georgina pictured with Ariana Grande two years ago (Instagram)

Miss Callander, an Ariana Grande superfan , met the American singer in 2015 and had her picture taken with her . Posting the image online at the time she told friends: I can t believe this happened. She had tweeted Grande, 23, on Sunday, writing: So excited to see you tomorrow . She is said to have died in hospital with her mother at her bedside.

Georgina Callander was the first victim confirmed to have died in the attack

A relative told the Standard: The family is very devastated at the moment. In London, police deployed extra armed and unarmed officers on the streets. The attack comes two months after the Westminster atrocity and is the worst since the 7/7 bombings in the capital in 2005, in which 52 people were killed and more than 700 hurt.

The horrific aftermath of the attack in Manchester (PA)

Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said: We put extra police officers on duty as Londoners started their journeys into work.

This will continue for as long as it is needed, and the mix of armed and unarmed officers are there to reassure.

“Looking ahead to the weekend a normal, busy and vibrant weekend in our city we are working with all those planning events to make sure we are doing all we can. Mayor Sadiq Khan said the Met was reviewing security arrangements in the capital . He added: Manchester and the rest of Britain will never be cowed by terrorism . Those who want to destroy our way of life and divide us will never succeed. A police officer lays flowers at the scene (PA)

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but supporters of Islamic State celebrated the bombing on social media.

Police were called to reports of an explosion at the 21,000-capacity arena at 10.33pm, moments after Grande, who was unharmed, finished her concert. Chilling: the moment fans hear a huge explosion ring out through the arena (Twitter)

Victims described hearing a bang before being thrown by the blast, which scattered nuts and bolts across the floor. Thousands of young people stampeded for the exits of the sold-out stadium in scenes caught on mobile phone cameras .

Some of those injured are thought to have been hurt in the rush. Witnesses said the scene was like a war zone , with bodies strewn across the foyer . Gary Walker, from Leeds, was with his wife in the foyer waiting to pick up his two daughters. A girl leaps down to flee the arena

He told the BBC Radio 5 Live: I was waiting for the kids to come out . We heard the last song, and quite a few people were flooding out and then suddenly there was a massive flash and then a bang and smoke.

I felt a bit of pain in my foot and my leg .

My wife said, I need to lie down . I lay her down, she d got a stomach wound and possibly a broken leg. Police and concert-goers after last night’s attack (PA)

I was about three metres from the actual explosion. Mr Walker said the blast happened by the door in the foyer and that glass and metal nuts were left on the floor . He said he lay next to his wife for up to an hour until she was stretchered on a table to an ambulance .

His two daughters phoned to say they were safe. Chris Parker, 33, a rough-sleeper, was in the foyer, where he regularly goes to ask for money as crowds head home. He said: Everyone was piling out, all happy and everything else . As people were coming out of the glass doors I heard a bang and within a split second I saw a white flash, then smoke and then I heard screaming.

An ambulance at the scene after 22 people were killed (PA)

It knocked me to the floor and then I got up and instead of running away my gut instinct was to run back and try to help.

There were people lying on the floor everywhere . I saw a little girl .. . she had no legs . I wrapped her in one of the merchandise T-shirts and I said where is your mum and daddy? She said, My dad is at work, my mum is up there . Mr Parker said he also tended to a woman who had serious leg and head injuries .

He said: She passed away in my arms . She was in her sixties and said she had been with her family. Commuters at a nearby station fled in panic after the attack (PA)

I haven t stopped crying . The most shocking part of it is that it was a kids concert . There were nuts and bolts all over the floor . People had holes in their backs.

In the aftermath, taxi drivers turned off their meters and drove people home. Hotels and locals opened their doors to people stranded in the city centre. Manchester City football club opened its Etihad stadium to concert-goers and relatives, who gathered to wait for news.

Family members posted pictures online of loved ones who had failed to return home . A cordon remained around the arena today . Manchester Victoria station, which was evacuated last night, remained shut. The Cobra meeting this morning was chaired by the Prime Minister and attended by intelligence agencies and Scotland Yard s Mark Rowley, the head of UK counter-terrorism.

It is not thought that the bomber was being actively monitored or that he had displayed signs of being a significant threat. Sources said a key focus of the investigation was how he had learned to make a bomb . One possibility being examined is that he was trained overseas, possibly in Syria or Iraq, or had received instruction online.

The Muslim Council of Britain called the attack horrific and criminal .

The anti-terrorist hotline is 0800 789 321.

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References

  1. ^ at an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester (www.standard.co.uk)
  2. ^ Today Theresa May condemned the killer s warped and twisted mind . (www.standard.co.uk)
  3. ^ Georgina Callander, 18, from Tarleton in Lancashire (www.standard.co.uk)
  4. ^ Reuse content (www.standard.co.uk)

Manchester Arndale evacuated as UK on alert

Manchester’s Arndale Centre has been evacuated, with people seen running away screaming and witnesses saying a man was arrested by armed police.

“Security guards and police who were armed shouted at people to get away,” said Sky’s Mike McCarthy, at the scene. “At least 100 people came round the corner – many of them screaming and trying to get away.” Some people fell over in the rush to get away and police with sniffer dogs went inside the shopping centre, said McCarthy. Police said they do not think it was related to the incident at Manchester Arena and the centre has now reopened.

Image: Some people were in tears as the shopping centre was evacuated

The evacuation happened around 12 hours after a bomb attack killed 22 people at a concert at the arena.1 :: Live updates – Manchester attack2 Extra armed police are on UK streets after the attack, with a high state of alert seeing a suspicious item blown up in Manchester in the early hours.

Image: People leave the Arndale Centre after it was evacuated

A controlled explosion took place just after 1.30am in Cathedral Gardens, near the site of the attack, but it later turned out to be a pile of abandoned clothing.

:: Security services think they know who bomber is3 Another suspicious item sparked an evacuation of London’s Victoria coach station around 6.40am. Passengers were moved to the end of the street as the area was cordoned off and buses diverted . However, the alert was called off shortly after 8am.

Image: Cars arriving at Manchester United’s training ground were also searched

Manchester United players arriving at the team’s Carrington training ground have also had their cars searched. Security staff used mirrors to check underneath vehicles and opened up the boots. The team are getting set for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.

:: Manchester Arena witness: ‘It was absolute carnage’4

A “mix of armed and unarmed officers” were called up for the rush hour in London, with Met Police chief Cressida Dick saying they would “continue for as long as is needed”. Police Scotland said more armed officers would be at “transport hubs and crowded places”. Policing in crowded places is also being reviewed in the West Midlands, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. Extra armed officers were called up in London and other cities after the Westminster attack in March and the Berlin attack in December. The threat from international terrorism in the UK remains “severe” – as it has been since August 2014 – meaning an attack is highly likely.

References

  1. ^ bomb attack killed 22 people at a concert at the arena. (news.sky.com)
  2. ^ Live updates – Manchester attack (news.sky.com)
  3. ^ Security services think they know who bomber is (news.sky.com)
  4. ^ Manchester Arena witness: ‘It was absolute carnage’ (news.sky.com)