Music fans have criticised security at the Manchester Arena following an explosion killed at least 22 people and injured dozens more. Ariana Grande fans were making their way out of the venue after the concert when a lone male suicide bomber detonated a blast at around 10.30pm, police have said. Witnesses described seeing smoke and smelling burning in the foyer area of the arena, while others reported glass, metal nuts and nails on the floor.
Thousands of people were forced to flee the arena after the blast was triggered.
Since the attack, fans have been tweeting about the security at the venue, with some claiming that it was possible for anyone to “walk in with things under a coat”, and others saying their bags were not checked. A Czech woman who was at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester says that there was almost no security check, rather zero . They let us get in without any check if we have anything with us. Nikola Trochtova told the Czech public radio that the only thing they were interested in was if we had any bottles of water with us . They almost didn’t check our bags, they didn’t take a look”, AP reports.
She says she was leaving the venue when she heard an explosion at the entrance, but only learned about what had happened after returning to her hotel. One woman tweeted: “The last 3 times I’ve seen a show at Manchester Arena they didn’t check my bag even though I had a backpack on.”
“For One Direction, they just kind of jiggled my bag, ‘feeling’ if there was anything harmful . Had a 1L bottle of Lucozade, didn’t open my bag.
“Didn’t even check my bag at all for Little Mix nor 5SOS, despite my bag being full and quite heavy.”
Another person wrote: “Being there at the concert in Manchester, I’m not surprised someone was able to take something into the arena . Security was horrendous.
“Only a bag check, no metal scanners or pat downs for anyone entering through the Manchester Victoria entrance of the arena.”
The Victoria entrance was where the blast occurred, in the foyer area between the arena and Victoria station next door to the venue . It is unclear whether security were present in that area of the venue.
The Independent has contacted Manchester Arena and ShowSec, a security company listed as an official supplier of the venue on its website, for comment
A security guard was shot during an armed robbery at a bank in a busy north-east London town centre. Emergency services rushed to the scene of the incident at Nationwide in Walthamstow1 High Street shortly before 3.30am on Thursday morning. Officers had received reports a robbery was in progress.
A male security guard, aged 53, was found suffering from gunshot injuries, police2 said. Paramedics were called and he was taken to an east London hospital. A spokesman for the Met Police said: His injuries are not being treated as life threatening or life-changing.
Officers from the Met’s Flying Squad are investigating.
No arrests have been made.
Her husband might have recently announced he was retiring from all public engagements from autumn this year but1, it appears Queen Elizabeth II isn’t taking her foot off the pedal anytime soon, both literally and metaphorically. On Sunday morning, the Queen was photographed behind the wheel of a Jaguar while driving from a Church service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Park. ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
Whizzing off in her ‘getaway vehicle’, the 91-year-old looked like a modern day Charlize Theron in The Italian Job (kind of), as she was snapped cruising through Windsor alongside her security guard, days after her grandson, Prince William, announced he was seeking damages and a ‘very significant fine’ from a French publication2 which published images of a topless Kate Middleton on holiday in 2012. Of course, it didn’t take long before the internet caught sight of The Queen behind the wheel and, basically lost its sh*t: ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
With a penchant for driving, ever since her days serving as a mechanic in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service during WWII, the Queen has been snapped on several occasions with the wind in her hair and she burns some serious rubber driving through the Scottish Highlands and around her six lavish royal residences. And who can forget that time the Queen reportedly jumped in the front seat to give the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia a driving tour around Balmoral Castle, knowing all too well women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia? If we could high-five the woman, we would.
In the Saudi ambassador Sherard Cowper-Coles’s memoir, Ever the Diplomat, he brought this story to light, revealing:
- ^ he was retiring from all public engagements from autumn this year but (www.elleuk.com)
- ^ seeking damages and a ‘very significant fine’ from a French publication (www.elleuk.com)