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Security is stepped up at Kensington Palace’s public areas amid fears of terror attacks

Security has been stepped up at Kensington Palace1 amid fears of terror attacks.2

Visitors to the west London palace, once home to Princess Diana3 , must now have their bags checked every time they enter the cafe and gift shop in measures introduced after the UK threat level was briefly raised to critical.

The palace is home to William and Kate and their children as well as Prince Harry4 .

However, the recent changes concern the public areas of the building where an estimated 400,000 visitors flock every year.

The new measures come after the UK threat level temporarily increased Tourists must now have their bags checked every time they go into the cafe or gift shop

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The palace is currently home to the exhibition Diana: Her Fashion Story which is attracting high volumes of visitors as people remember the princess on the 20th anniversary of her death. It also hosts an exhibition on Queen Victoria and offers the chance to view Royal Collection artwork in The King s Gallery. A sign outside the cafe and shop now reads: Please wait here for mandatory bag searches and security checks.

Please note that bags will be searched upon every re-entry of the palace cafe.

A source said the measures were introduced in May after the threat level was briefly raised to critical following the Manchester bombing5 and remain in place despite the threat level since being lowered.

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Princess Diana once called Kensington Palace her home Kensington Palace is currently showing the exhibition Diana: Her Fashion Story

It currently remains at the second highest level of severe meaning at attack is highly likely . It is not known if security surrounding the royals has also been stepped up as this information is never made public by royal officials or the MET Police. Bag searches are also in place at other sites managed by Historic Royal Palaces including the Tower of London.

A Historic Royal Palaces spokesperson said: The safety and security of our visitors is our highest priority.

We have a range of security measures in place across our sites, which are subject to constant review based on the information available to us.

We continue to review our existing security arrangements and, where appropriate, put in place additional measures.

References

  1. ^ Kensington Palace (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ terror attacks. (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Princess Diana (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ Prince Harry (www.mirror.co.uk)
  5. ^ Manchester bombing (www.mirror.co.uk)

Hero security guard leaps into swimming pool to rescue toddler trapped upside down in inflatable ring

This is the moment an heroic security guard leapt into a swimming pool after spotting a toddler trapped upside down in an inflatable rubber ring. The heart-stopping scene saw the unnamed three-year-old boy desperately attempting to wriggle free from the ring. In video footage of the incident, he can be seen swimming along inside his pink inflatable before accidentally flipping it upside down – and nobody immediately close by who can rescue him.

His head is then submerged underwater with his legs wriggling around in the air for several seconds. Fortunately he was spotted by the alert guard as well as another parent who immediately swung into action.

The guard jumps into the pool alongside another parent The boy can be seen flipped upside down inside the rubber ring

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CCTV1 footage shows them both jumping over the swimming pool fence, while the man, known only as Ma, leaps fully clothed into the water to save the drowning boy, who was thankfully not harmed. Ma, who works at the park in Sanya City, South China s Hainan Province, is being hailed a hero.

He said the boy had been swimming with a grandparent, but the elderly relative was not nearby at the time.

Ma walks from the pool with the boy in his arms

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Ma told the boy s parents that there was “no need” to thank him. This May a young boy from East China nearly drowned in similar circumstances when his swim ring flipped upside down. The child was submerged with his head underwater for 72 seconds before staff at the swimming pool spotted him.

References

  1. ^ CCTV (www.mirror.co.uk)

Police launch security operation ahead of Edinburgh Festival

Police Scotland has launched Operation Summer City as the capital gets set for the 70th anniversary of the International and Fringe festivals. It comes after it was announced anti-vehicle barriers will be installed across the city for the first time, in the wake of recent terror attacks in London and Manchester. Other measures planned for this year s festivals include an increased police presence, non-uniform officers, and the opening of the Unofficial Fringe Venue 999 in Princes Street Gardens. Superintendent Lesley Clark said: Come, have fun – it s a wonderful experience, but just think about your safety.

Think about your surroundings and, if you see anything of concern, if you don t think it s right, chances are it s not right . So please let us know and we ll follow that up. The National Barrier Asset (NBA) is in place purely and simply because, as we know this is the 70th anniversary, there will be an increase in the number of tourists.

We can see that already and the festival hasn t even begun. READ MORE1: Anti-terror barriers installed ahead of Edinburgh Festival So it s just a sensible and proportionate way to provide additional security to a crowded place. NBA includes high security gates, portals and barriers which are designed to prevent hostile vehicle attacks on key or busy crowded place locations. Horseback officers as well as dog units are among other increased security measures to be deployed. READ MORE2: Bag checks to be introduced at Edinburgh Festival shows

Police are aiming to concentrate on preventing crime by giving residents and visitors information about travel and where they can get help if they need it. Three command points where the public can access help and advice are located at The Mound, Princes Street Gardens and on the High Street next to the Fringe office. Ms Clark added: Summer City is the Police Scotland response to how we are going to provide additional facilities, additional visibility, to maximise the safety of the public.

We have the training . If we are responding to a major incident, irrespective of where it is, we would muster well and we would be able to deliver a proportionate and appropriate response. For the second year, the force unveiled a mascot for the summer operation, with Amanda the panda being given the honour.

The operation was announced at The Stand Comedy Club, which is one of the festival venues.

References

  1. ^ READ MORE (www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com)
  2. ^ READ MORE (www.scotsman.com)