Thames Valley Police is increasing security measures in Windsor from this evening, following the recent terror attack in Westminster . Specialist barriers are being put in place around Windsor Castle ahead of the Guard Change which is set to take place on Wednesday . Security measures and activities, including those for pre-planned events in crowded places have been reviewed by the Force
Assistant Chief Constable Dave Hardcastle said: While there is no intelligence to indicate a specific threat to Windsor, recent events in Westminster clearly highlight the need for extra security measures to be introduced . The Force believes that it is proportionate and necessary to put in place extra security measures to further protect and support the public and the Guard Change . This is consistent with security deployments in London . Preventative measures such as these have been put in place across the UK over the past 10 years at various events . The national threat level remains severe, which it has been since 2014, and I would urge the public to be alert to the threat of terror attacks but not alarmed, and to remain vigilant.
The new barriers will support existing road closures and will be used to secure the Guard Change route during the operation . Ch Insp Sarah Grahame, deputy LPA commander for Windsor and Maidenhead, said: I hope that people in Windsor will understand the reasons that these barriers are being introduced, and will see why they are necessary . Windsor is a safe place to live, work and visit, and these extra security measures at the Guard Change will offer further protection for people in the town in light of recent events in Westminster . Acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people, but have a big impact on communities, and it is essential that we all continue to work together and share information in order to combat this threat. Cllr Simon Dudley, leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, says: We support the good work of Thames Valley Police and the Metropolitan Police in their work to make Windsor a safer place for those who live, work and visit the town .
These measures will increase security at the changing of the guard ceremony and the council is offering its help where necessary to ensure that this valued and popular tradition can continue.
Fresh calls have been made for Westminster security to be ‘stepped up’ in the wake of Wednesday’s terror attack. Former Met Police commissioner Lord Blair told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme “there will have to be changes” following the attack and a review of the “outer soft ring” around the Houses of Parliament should be expected. Ex-House of Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans also added to the call for enhanced security after revealing “lots” of MPs locked in the Commons chamber during and after the attack were already discussing how to boost security in certain areas.
Pontins holidaymaker dies after being ‘restrained by security guards’ and arrested by police at holiday park
A Pontins holidaymaker has died after being ‘violently restrained by security guards’ and arrested by police following a bust-up at the holiday park. Paul Gladwell, 38, from Colchester, Essex, was arrested on suspicion of assault after a row with another guest at Pontins Pakefield, near Lowestoft, Suffolk, on Tuesday night. An ambulance was called after Mr Gladwell became ill shortly after the arrest and the dad reportedly needed to be resuscitated four times before being placed into an induced coma.
The dad-of-three’s life support machine was switched off earlier today. His heartbroken sister-in-law Tiazah Rogers, 20, claimed up to three security guards held his arms and legs while another kneeled on his neck before police failed to notice he had fallen unconscious as he was carried away.
The dad-of-three allegedly had his neck kneeled on by security guards (Photo: Free Picture) The dad-of-three was arrested on suspicion of assault (Photo: East Anglia News Service) Police were called to Pontins near Lowestoft on Tuesday (Photo: BPM)
She said: “(Police) turned up and carried him out the building into a riot van and said he was asleep , when in actual fact he was unconscious due to lack of oxygen to the brain from the security guard kneeling on his neck.
“The police neglected the fact he was passed out in the building and just carried him out when they should have observed his situation and called paramedics.
“When they realised something was wrong they took him to hospital where he had to be resuscitated and died 4 times before being put into an induced coma due to his brain being very swollen and bleeding.”
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now investigating his death. An IPCC spokesman said: Paul Gladwell, 38, from Colchester was initially detained by staff at Pontins Holiday Park, London Road, Kessingland, Lowestoft at about 11.40pm, 14 February and subsequently arrested on suspicion of assault.
Paul Gladwell pictured with girlfriend Carrie Bennett (Photo: East Anglia News Service) Mr Gladwell fell into an induced coma (Photo: East Anglia News Service) Paul Gladwell with his girlfriend Carrie Bennett (Photo: East Anglia News Service)
While being transported to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre in a police van officers became concerned for his wellbeing, stopped the van, and contacted an ambulance.
The man was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital by ambulance in a critical condition . Sadly earlier today, 16 February, Mr Gladwell was pronounced dead.
The incident was referred to the IPCC, an independent investigation has been launched, and a team has attended the scene and post incident procedure . His family has been informed.
Investigators are carrying out house-to-house enquiries, speaking to witnesses and gathering CCTV footage.
IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said: Our thoughts are with the man s relatives and friends at this difficult time.
“Our investigators will be conducting a thorough enquiry into all the circumstances surrounding his interaction with the police.
A Suffolk Police statement said: ‘Police were called around 11.45pm on Tuesday night, 14 February, to reports of an altercation at premises at London Road, Pakefield, Lowestoft.
An investigation has been launched into his death (Photo: East Anglia News Service)
“Officers attended and found a man in his late 30s had been detained by staff on the site . The man was arrested on suspicion of assault.
“As he was being transported to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre in a marked police van he became unwell . The man was then taken to the James Paget hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.
“As is standard procedure in cases of this nature, the incident has been referred to the IPCC .A full investigation into what happened is underway”
Pontins has been contacted for comment.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact the IPCC by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 0800 096 9070.