Armed cops surround Celtic’s Lisbon Lions bash as security is ramped up at Glasgow’s Hydro in wake of Manchester …
RING OF STEEL
Thousands of Hoops fans faced massive queues and full body searches before the event kicked off as gun-toting cops guarded the entrances
A RING of steel was thrown around Celtic s Lisbon Lions 50th anniversary bash celebrations after a security clampdown at the Glasgow Hydro venue. Rocker Sir Rod Stewart and Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson are headlining the glitzy event1 held in honour of the first British team to win the European cup.
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Armed officers around the arena ahead of the show
Thousands of Hoops fans faced massive queues before the event kicked off at the sold-out 13,000 capacity arena as gun-toting cops guarded the entrances. The extra security was drafted in after the Manchester terror bombing2 that claimed the life of Scot Eilidh MacLeod, 14, 3and left several others injured, some of them seriously.
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Fans turning up at the bash faced having full body searches as security staff remained on high alert. However, Hoops supporters didn t seem to mind as many praised venue bosses for tightening security following the blast horror. Hoops fan Paul MacArthur, 50, said: There wasn t really many folk moaning about it the queue moved quite quickly.
There were a few grumbles from one or two people but I think that would have been totally different a few days ago.
One woman next to me in the queue said she would happily go through several security checks because she was so nervous about coming along after what happened in Manchester.
There wasn t a lot of negativity about it . People expected it.
What happened in Manchester is still so fresh and a lot of people were worried about coming to this event at the Hydro . It s one of the first high-profile concerts anywhere in Britain since the attack.
Fair play to the Hydro they got things moving quickly.
He added: It was surprising to see men and women being split into separate queues so they could be patted down by a member of staff of the same sex.
When we turned up and saw the queue we thought we were going to be in it for ages but there wasn t a huge delay . We never really stopped walking.
We got an earlier train than planned and we re glad we did because there was still loads of people behind us.
We were probably in the queue for 20 minutes . It could have been worse it could have been raining.
Rod Stewart is set to play the Hydro bash tonight
The sun was out and lots of folk were singing so the atmosphere was great. We told how security is under urgent review across Scotland4 after 22 people were killed and 59 left injured in the bomb blast at the Ariana Grande gig.
A spokesperson for the Scottish Event Campus said: The Scottish Event Campus is entering a very busy period with events in The SSE Hydro, The Armadillo and the SEC Centre over the next few days.
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Emergency crews at the scene of the terror attack in Manchester
The safety of the public attending events on our Campus is paramount.
We have been liaising with the appropriate authorities including Police Scotland.
Security measures at the Campus have been enhanced including carrying out bag searches and full body searches.
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Armed police have been deployed across Scotland in light of the bomb blast
Only small bags (35cm x 40cm) will be permitted into The SSE Hydro and The Armadillo.
Larger bags may be checked into the cloakroom in the SEC Centre and will be searched. They continued: At certain times, ticket checks will take place at entry points to the Campus with some access routes (such as the walkway to the station) restricted to ticket holders only.
These arrangements will mean that entry to the venues will take longer and therefore we would strongly encourage visitors to arrive early to allow time for access to the events. The move follows in the footsteps of other music venues in Scotland who have also increased security including Glasgow s O2 Academy.
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Breaking: Paris’ Orly airport evacuated as ‘man shot dead by security forces after trying to grab soldier’s gun’
Paris’ Orly airport has been evacuated after a man was shot dead after he allegedly tried to grab a soldier’s firearm. A soldier fired at the man who was then detained by security forces, as police did a sweep of the airport in search of potential accomplices or explosives. The man was later pronounced dead, AFP and BFM TV reported.
Passengers wrote on Twitter that they had heard gunshots in the south terminal on Saturday morning and police were carrying out a security operation as they were told to flee. A police spokesman wrote on Twitter: “Ongoing police operation . Do not cross the security perimeter, follow the instructions.”
Passengers who were scheduled to catch flights later in the day were told not to come to the airport.
Emergency services outside Orly airport south of Paris (Photo: Twitter) Orly airport is located south of Paris (Photo: Twitter)
An airport official added: “Ongoing special operation by the Police . Please follow their instructions . Do not come to the airport.”
One passenger wrote on Twitter that shots had been fired in the south terminal.
France has been under a state of emergency following a series of deadly terror attacks across the country.
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President Donald Trump’s inauguration security cost more than 80MILLION as 3000 SWAT staff swamp Washington
Special SWAT units were drafted into the capital as riots between rival groups of protesters erupted on Washington’s streets.
The huge security presence saw police lined up two deep as the Presidential motorcade2 swept past. Extra officers were drafted in from the National Guard, the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration. Police were called in to disperse protesters who smashed windows in Washington.
Police officers form a line during a protest before the inauguration of President Donald Trump (Photo: Getty)
The windows of a branch of McDonald s, Bank of America and Starbucks were targeted as demonstrators armed with bats and long wooden poles ran amok.
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President Trump is one of the most guarded officials on the planet with nearly 1,000 men and women dedicated to keeping him alive.
A staggering force of 920 elite Secret Service4 agents are guarding the Trump family with a hardcore among them designated to take care of the President himself. Work is already underway to give all of his homes a massive security make-over, with bullet proof glass windows, CCTV systems and safe rooms being installed.
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So far the security bill just for the Trumps is about 25million but the daily cost once the refurbishments are done will be around 3 million a-day just to keep them protected. An inner-circle of dozens of heavily-armed Secret Service guards will work shift patterns making sure the Commander in Chief is safe and they may one day have to take a bullet for him. Trump s brand new heavily-armoured, eight ton state limousine, nicknamed The Beast, has the latest protection – although most details are a closely guarded secret.
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The General Motors5 -made vehicle – officially called the Presidential State Car but also known as Limo One 0 costs around 13million to develop. It is thought the White House maintains a fleet of around 12 of the cars, which are deployed around the world to protect the President, each costing 1.2 million each. The doors are around eight inches thick, each weighing the same as the door of a Boeing 747 jet, and completely seal the cabin to protect it from a chemical or biological attack.
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Hidden in the trunk is an oxygen supply that allows fresh air to be pumped into the cabin in the event that the air outside becomes toxic. All of the windows are completely sealed and unable to roll down, except for the driver s side to allow him to pay tolls, and are able to withstand armour-piercing bullets and explosions. The tyres are coated in Kevlar to protect them from bursting, but even if they do, the metal rims are strong enough to hold up the vehicle and keep it rolling in case the outer layer is blown away.
Every one of the cars will be fitted with medical kits, extra ammunition, spare guns and even a blood supply in case the President is hit in an attack.