Burnley install anti-terrorism security barriers designed to thwart vehicle ramming attacks in UK first
Burnley have become the first football club in the country to install security barriers to protect fans from potential terrorist attacks. The temporary barriers, which were first used outside Turf Moor for Saturday’s Premier League game with Swansea, prevent drivers from ramming vehicles into supporters making their way to the ground. There have been numerous incidents where vehicles have been used for fatal attacks during the past few years, including in London, Nice and Barcelona.
According to the Burnley Express1 , the British-designed barriers, installed by events management company StadiumTM on behalf of the football club, allow pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users to pass through and can be dropped in under 30 seconds to enable access for the emergency services.
The barriers prevent drivers from ramming vehicles into supporters making their way to Turf Moor (Image: Jan Kruger)
David McAtamney, managing director of StadiumTM, said: Keeping crowds and public spaces safe during an event is paramount, and following shocking vehicle attacks across the globe including here in the UK we wanted to be at the forefront of bringing effective barrier systems to public events.
HVM barriers are the most recent addition to the services we offer and we were pleased to work with Burnley Football Club to install these at their home game against Swansea City.
The safety of fans is the club s highest priority and they were keen to become the first football team to use this innovative security method . The barriers are a temporary security measure which not only acts as a deterrent, but can also arrest and stop vehicles . We were able to quickly install and remove the barriers, and crowds entering and exiting Turf Moor were able to pass through them easily.
Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Senegal’s Macky Sall, Mali’s Ibrahima Boubacar Keita and the president of the Commission of African Union Moussa Faki Mahamat are urging Africa to be more proactive in shaping the continent’s peace and security framework
African leaders on Monday used a regional forum to underline the need for the continent to assure its own security after years of Western interventions, while also calling for international funding to support the anti-terror fight.. The annual Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security this year brings together the presidents of Mali, Rwanda and host Senegal along with military officials and experts to discuss Africa’s serious challenges in the sector. In an opening address, Senegal’s President Macky Sall said a “military response must be comprehensive, and one of solidarity, to leave terrorist groups no place to hide.
“The risk today is seeing terrorists defeated elsewhere seeking fallback zones in Africa,” Sall added.
The vast Sahel region, stretching from Senegal to Sudan, has turned into a hotbed of lawlessness since chaos engulfed Libya in 2011, Islamists overran northern Mali in 2012 and Boko Haram rose up in northern Nigeria. Beyond the Sahel, the Shabaab, a militant group aligned with Al-Qaeda, regularly carries out suicide bombings in its bid to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government, while civil conflicts in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan blight the continent. Sall pointed to the Western intervention in Libya as an example of why African populations had to be involved in decisions on rooting out terror groups, as the north African nation’s instability has fuelled conflict elsewhere.
“We must beware of preconceived solutions formulated without Africans,” Sall said. “The consequences of these interventions, which we are living in the Sahel, are often worse than what they were supposed to rectify.”
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The forum follows the recent launch of the G5 Sahel force, an anti-jihadist military initiative working across Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger to counter the significant threat Al-Qaeda-linked groups pose in the region and to stop the Islamic State group from gaining a foothold. The world’s newest joint international force, the five-nation G5 Sahel plans to number up to 5,000 military, police and civilian troops by March 2018. French Defence Minister Florence Parly described the G5 force as “a success”, though Moussa Faki Mahamat, head of the African Union Commission, said United Nations support was of “the greatest importance” for that initiative, and for another regional deployment in the Lake Chad region against Boko Haram.
France wanted the force to have full UN logistical and financial backing, but the United States argued against the idea, partly on cost grounds. The Dakar Forum is a French-backed initiative, and the European nation retains a heavy military presence across the Sahel. Mahamat, Sall and Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita all emphasised that the G5 Sahel force required significant funding from the international community, as current pledges stand at 108 million euros ($126 million) while up to 423 million euros may be required in the first year of its existence.
Paul Kagame, the Rwandan President who will chair the African Union from 2018, said African nations “have only ourselves to blame” if the international community alone decided on the continent’s security needs.
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Police had 350 officers on the ground and used dump trucks, buses and other large vehicles as barriers to protect the crowds, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Captain Andy Walsh told CNN affiliate KTNV1.
There were also counter-sniper surveillance posts along the route and coverage from the police department’s helicopter unit, Walsh said. The city also worked to install 800 steel posts along the Strip as part of larger plan to keep pedestrians and vehicles apart, KSNV reported.
Organizers billed it as “a unique opportunity for marathoners,” saying the race starts at sunset, when “the city comes to life with lights shining like you’ve never seen before.” Few runners canceled their registrations in wake of last month’s shooting, Cruz told KSNV. Participants were warned to expect a greater security presence than in years past . Runners were funneled into a blocked-off starting area, where their bibs were checked and confirmed both upon entry and at the starting line. Some say the shooting has given the marathon new meaning.
“I can run now and Cameron can’t . That’s really moving for me, to have somebody that was so young and so full of life and really just getting his life going,” Reincke said.
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