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.
Police will continually review security arrangements for Thursday s upcoming Little Mix concert up until the show begins, according to police chiefs. Armed police are expected throughout the city on the day of the concert, but Chief Inspector Nicola Russell said gig attendees should not be alarmed at the sight of officers with weapons. Ms Russell did not have a figure on the number of armed police which could be in attendance, and advised fans to arrive in plenty1 of time for the concert and to allow time for pick-up also.
Chief Inspector Nicola Russell, Dundee s Local Policing Area Commander.
Thursday s sell-out concert will see 11,000 music fans descend on Slessor Gardens and despite the poor weather forecast, expectations are high the show will be a success for the city. Although no figure has been finalised, the series of summer concerts which kicked off in May with reggae-rockers UB402 will bring in millions of pounds for the city s economy, according to city centre manager Sarah Craig. Extra security arrangements have been put in place as a result of the increased threat of terrorist related activity, with all bags being brought into the venue due to be searched.
Organisers have advised gig-goers to only bring a bag if it is really necessary, to help alleviate possible delays as a result of extra security searches.
Chief Inspector Nicola Russell, Dundee s Local Policing Area Commander, and Dundee City Council s City Centre Manager Sarah Craig.
Chief Inspector Russell said: Our security plans for this Thursday s concert are continually under review and will remain so until the concert takes place.
We will be taking into account factors including weather and traffic and we have a dedicated event team, with a dedicated event commander who will work closely with our security partners.
There are armed police in the city at the time of the event, but if you do see them do not be alarmed . They are their for your safety, and our prime objective will be to see people arrive at the concert safely and remain safe.
This is a massive event for the city and we want people to have a good time . We are here to look after people and make sure everyone remains safe.
If anyone has any worries or concerns, then I would say for them to approach officers on the day and make them aware.
There will be extra security throughout the event, including at the collection points, so make sure and give yourself extra time to reach the pick up points.
Additional security measures were in place as fans arrived for a Manchester tribute concert on Sunday. Around 50,000 were expected to attend the Ariana Grande show at Old Trafford cricket ground, despite some admitting to feeling nervous in the wake of Saturday night’s terror attack in London. All those who attended Grande’s gig at Manchester Arena on May 22 – which was targeted by a suicide bomber – were offered free tickets to Sunday’s show. Organisers said the event would go ahead “loudly” and with “greater purpose” following the marauding attack in central London less than 24 hours earlier. American star Grande said she was “praying for London” after the atrocity in the capital, which killed seven and left 48 injured.
Image: Around 50,000 are expected to attend the concert
Including the Manchester Arena bombing, the London attack made it three mass casualty terror attacks in the UK within four months. Armed police surrounded the Old Trafford venue but were seen posing for photographs as concert-goers arrived. Fans were urged not to bring bags in order to speed up searches as people entered the concert.
:: LIVE: Police raids after London terror attack1 Sunday night’s show will raise money for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, and will feature A-list acts such as Coldplay, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Usher, Take That and Miley Cyrus. Linda Tipping, 50, from Chorley, wore Grande’s signature bunny ears but confessed she was “nervous” following the London attack. She said: “I thought about not coming after last night . But friends said ‘don’t be stupid, enjoy yourself and don’t think about it’ . We can’t let them stop us.”
Image: Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus will be performing on Sunday
Liam Rees, 18, from South Wales, revealed he had given a spare ticket to the Old Trafford concert to Kellie Royle, 41, who had helped him and a friend get home after the Manchester attack. He admitted he had been “all over the place” after hearing about the attack in London but added: “It’s important to live your life to the fullest.” In a statement released on Sunday, Grande and Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun said the tribute concert will be to “honour those lost” in both the Manchester and London’s atrocities. He said: “We plan to honour them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear.
“Today’s One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose.” “We must not be afraid and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly.”
Image: Security staff check fans arriving for the One Love Manchester show
Greater Manchester Police assistant chief constable Garry Shewan revealed “additional security” will be in place at both the concert and a testimonial match at the nearby Old Trafford football stadium on Sunday. He said: “We have dedicated resources at both events, with a significant number of officers from both Greater Manchester Police and colleagues from other forces, some of which will be armed.
“There will be additional security checks taking place and everyone will be searched, including bags . We would ask people not to bring bags if they can, as this will help speed up entry.” The bombing at the end of Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena last month killed 22 people and left 116 injured.
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