Extra security measures have been put in place ahead of South Tyneside s seafront concerts in the wake of recent terror atrocities.
The South Tyneside Festival1 is in full swing, after South Shields FC2 kicked off the Summer Parade with an open-top bus celebration of their historic quadruple on Saturday. Busted and Louisa Johnson are among the leading names headlining at Bents Park on the Sunday afternoon concerts throughout the month of July. Visitors are being advised in advance of extra security measures being adopted in a move to give them extra reassurances.
Bag searches will be carried out on entry, and visitors are encouraged to limit the amount of bags they bring. Councillor Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council3 with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: While we want visitors to enjoy themselves and have a wonderful experience at our summer events, we also want them to feel safe.
This is why we are putting some additional security measures in place.
However, we need the public to help us as we carry out this important work.
We know that people like to bring plenty of supplies and picnic items with them, particularly as they relax and enjoy the live music at our fabulous Sunday Concerts.
However, to speed up the entry process, we are appealing for visitors to keep the number of bags they bring to a minimum, and leave any sharp instruments at home.
We hope that these checks will give visitors extra reassurance that their safety remains a priority for us and we would like to thank people in advance for their patience and co-operation during this time. The additional security measures come following a comprehensive review of the events safety plans, carried out by South Tyneside Council in consultation with Northumbria Police in the wake of the Manchester and London terrorist attacks.
Additional staff will be in place to help visitors gain entry to the park as quickly as possible.
Security guards tackled and held on to a suspected bank robber in the city centre1 this afternoon. Crowds gathered to watch the drama at the Cooperative Bank in Parker Street shortly before 5pm. The ECHO was told a man ran into the bank, jumped on the counter and demanded cash from the staff.
But security guards from nearby shops saw what was happened and raced to help. Peter Moorhouse, a security guard at Footlocker described how he saw the man run in to the bank from Church Street. He told ECHO: I radioed through to a colleague and we ran into the bank .
He jumped down off the counter and that s when we tackled him and pinned him down.
We radioed through for assistance and another two colleagues came to help us . We just held him there until police arrived.
Tape at the entrance of the Cooperative Bank
Mr Moorhouse added that they didn t know whether the man was armed – but that a large rock fell out of his hand when he was on the floor. A witness outside the bank, who did not want to be named, said that community police officers arrived at the scene while he was being kept inside.
He added: When I got here there was a massive crowd outside and the security guards had him on the floor.
The bank staff had shut the doors but people were standing about watching.
When the police arrived they walked him up to the top of the road, I don t know how he thought he was getting away with that one.
He didn t have his face covered or anything and there was about 60 people standing outside so he would have been seen.
Police have arrested a man after an attempted robbery at the Co-operative bank on Parker Street in the city centre
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police2 said: Merseyside Police can confirm that, at 4:40 this evening, 11 July, officers were called to an attempted armed robbery at the Co-op bank on Parker Street in Liverpool City Centre.
A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.
Police enquiries are continuing and images from CCTV will be examined.
Anyone who has any information on this can either phone the police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously and free, 0800 555 111.
Manchester United in fresh security alert as youths break into Old Trafford before Michael Carrick testimonial
The group of teenagers evaded stadium security and scaled Old Trafford, entering the world famous stadium via the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand. The 16-18-year-olds risked their lives walking around the perimeter of the Old Trafford roof and dangling their feet over the edge, before running over the pitch. The group, devotees of Parkour, the urban free-running discipline, even sat in the dug-out, which was later occupied by Carrick, former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and a host of star names for the 70,000 sell-out testimonial.
The youths, who posted a video of their exploits on YouTube, were eventually chased away from Old Trafford by security in the early hours of June 4, just hours before Carrick’s star-studded testimonial, which drew a net capacity crowd.
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The episode is the latest security embarrassment for United, after two foregoing students, who had been on a stadium tour, managed to sleep overnight at Old Trafford in a bid to watch a game against Arsenal the following day, but were foiled when they were discovered by security staff. And on the final day of the 2015-16 season, United’s game against Bournemouth was abandoned following a bomb scare, although it later emerged the device found in a toilet cubicle at Old Trafford was a dummy device left behind following a security training exercise. United confirmed the latest episode in a statement today which read: “In the early hours of last Sunday morning, stadium security chased 4 urban climbers off the premises at Old Trafford after they had gained access to the stadium illegally, by scaling the outer works area of the stadium and gaining access to the roof . Such efforts appear to be motivated by a trend for similar actions on social media and followed a successful attempt to climb to the roof of a city centre hotel earlier that day.
“Their stupid and irresponsible actions, especially at such a sensitive time, put last Sunday’s game at risk and occupied both club staff and, more importantly, police officers in hours of work to make sure that the stadium was safe to stage the match.
“The response of the police was outstanding . With over 130,000 people coming into the Old Trafford area on Sunday, the last thing they needed was to have their time wasted in this way .
But as ever, they conducted a thorough search of the stadium to confirm it was safe to hold the match.
The security of fans attending games at Old Trafford is our highest priority and we work constantly with all local authorities and security contractors and advisors to keep all security measures, systems and protocols under constant review .
The fact that the necessary checks were carried out in time for the game to go ahead is testament to those close relationships.”