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.
French police have been called to the Louvre in Paris over a security threat after a suspicious bag was found. Video footage from the scene shows police cordoning off an area as people are cleared from outside the world-famous museum. The courtyard in front of the landmark was where presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron tonight planned to celebrate a possible victory with his team.
According to his campaign spokeswoman, the Esplanade du Louvre was evacuated on Sunday “as a precaution”. Police clear the area where Emmanuel Macron will celebrate later should he win the French election. (Getty Images)
The security alert comes as voters across France cast their ballots in the final round of the country s election. Centrist Emmanuel Macron is up against far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen .
The results are expected to be announced tonight. Campaign spokeswoman Pauline Calmes confirmed the reports . She did not specify the nature of the threat but says police ordered the evacuation.
Later Macron’s team said a press room had been set up at the downtown Paris location and 300 journalists who were on site have been evacuated as a precaution. Paris’ police tweeted that the area had been evacuated as a “precautionary measure”. The Louvre already was being heavily guarded after an extremist attacker targeted soldiers near the museum during the presidential campaign.
The courtyard which has been evacuated at the Louvre is outside a building where Mr Macron and his team planned to celebrate his possible victory post-election.