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What you need to know about security at Take That gig at Echo Arena Liverpool

Take That fans heading to tomorrow s concert in Liverpool are being urged not to bring bags or items larger than a purse or wallet.

The move comes in the wake of the Manchester Arena massacre1 on Monday night in which suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, murdered 22 people and left dozens more injured.

Venues across the country are stepping up security in light of the terror attack 2 carried out by the 22-year-old fanatic at the end of the Ariana Grande concert. Prime Minister, Theresa May yesterday increased the UK security threat level to the highest peak of critical.

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The band should have played at Echo Arena Liverpool on Tuesday night3 but cancelled the show following the Manchester atrocity out of respect for the victims. An update on the venue’s website states: Our thoughts are with those affected by the devastating tragedy in Manchester.

Our sympathies go out to everyone at this tragic time.

We would like to reassure our customers that their safety is always of the highest importance to us, and we have extra security measures in place for the event.

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Event Security Information States :

  • Customers are advised not to bring bags/items larger than a purse or wallet they will not be permitted within the arena.
  • All customers will be searched/wanded on entry to the venue . Please allow additional time for these searches to take place when planning your journey to the venue.
  • The event will be smoke/vape free and customers will not be allowed outside the venue to smoke/vape.
  • Queuing outside the venue before the doors open is discouraged . If you do intend to queue, please note this will not be permitted until 2pm .

    If you arrive before 2pm you will be turned away.

  • Doors open at 5pm and the event starts at 7.25pm.

The Daily Post contacted the Echo Arena Liverpool4 to try to find out if any extra security staff will be drafted in on Friday but were unable to get a response at the time of going to print.

Anyone with queries about the event should contact the venue on 0344 8000 400 or at customerservice@accliverpool.com

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References

  1. ^ Manchester Arena massacre (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  2. ^ light of the terror attack (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  3. ^ Echo Arena Liverpool on Tuesday night (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  4. ^ The Daily Post contacted the Echo Arena Liverpool (www.dailypost.co.uk)

Radio 1 Big Weekend will see airport-style security and armed police following Manchester attack

Police have released details of the airport-style security those heading to the Radio 1 Big Weekend will have to go through as measures are ramped up following the Manchester bombing. In the wake of Monday’s attack, which saw 22 killed as they left an Ariana Grande concert1, Humberside Police has been working with event organisers to ensure the two-day festival at Burton Constable Hall, near Hull, is as safe as possible.2 With 50,000 ticketholders expected to descend on the venue on Saturday and Sunday, including many from the Grimsby area, a review of security has seen organisers announce tight rules for festival-goers in how they access the site and what they will be able to bring with them.

Security checks

Humberside Police and festival organisers have revealed security at the Radio 1 festival will gain additional support through Operation Temperer – the plan to put thousands of soldiers on the street after the terrorist threat level was raised to ‘critical’.

These additional measures require:

Body and bag searches will be carried out both at the shuttle bus hubs and at the entrance to the site, with attendees going through airport-style security checks. All attendees must travel to the site on one of the official shuttle buses or park and ride schemes . You can’t arrive or leave by private car, on foot or by taxi.

The only exception is for blue badge holders, who can access limited free parking which must be booked in advance . The venue will be signposted from the outskirts and at major junctions within a 5-mile radius . On the approach follow the disabled parking signage.

As taxi access is now banned, the deadline to buy advance shuttle bus as well as park and ride passes has been extended to 6pm on Friday, May 26. More news: Pub to hold special event to raise funds for the Manchester bomb victims3 Shuttle buses will cost 15 return and parking at park and ride sites is 10.

You can get transport ticket’s through the Big Weekend 2017 page on the City of Culture’s website. Radio 1 Big Weekend Will See Airport-style Security And Armed Police Following Manchester Attack Tickets for the buses can also be bought on the day, but the price will increase to cover the additional administration costs.

As part of the security checks, festivalgoers are also being told not to bring large bags as it’ll slow entrance to Big Weekend. You will be unable to bring your own food and drink to the festival, with the exception of up to 500ml of water in a plastic container with an unbroken seal. Everyone attending Big Weekend is asked to be patient as they try to access the site given the delays expected from the additional security checks.

Police taking ‘all possible steps’

The police believe this heightened security is necessary in response to the tragedy in Manchester.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy McDyer said: “We are taking all possible steps to keep people safe and to minimise the risk of a terrorist attack occurring in our force area and I want to reassure all those planning to come to Big Weekend and those living and working in this area that their safety remains our top priority. “As part of the ongoing review of security arrangements for Big Weekend event we have made an application for additional support under Operation Temperer and we are awaiting a response . We are also being supported by our partner agencies and other UK forces.

“It is unlikely this will result in you seeing any military presence at the event, as additional support is more likely to come from armed officers from other forces, who will be freed up from duties such as guarding key sites by the Armed Forces. “As we have said previously, there will be additional security measures in place including airport-style security and searches at both the transport hubs and the venue. More news: Grimsby joins in minute’s silence for Manchester attack victims4

“The public across our area will also see an enhanced policing presence, including armed police, as the UK police, together with security and intelligence services, work around the clock to keep communities safe. “As further details emerge today of those killed and injured in this horrific attack, our thoughts remain with all those affected by the tragic events in Manchester. “At this stage we are not aware of any casualties from this area.

“Acts of terrorism attempt to create distrust and fear in communities . It is important that our communities stand together during difficult times. “It is also important that we all continue to remain vigilant, but also to go about our daily lives .

We would ask people to be alert and report any suspicious activity to police on the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789321 or dialling 999.”

Radio 1 response

Despite concerns the festival might be cancelled following Monday’s attacks, the BBC confirmed they had in-depth discussions about what was the right thing to do. “Listening to Radio 1 for the last two days, the overwhelming response from our young audience has been that this will not stop us living our lives, this will not stop us going to concerts and it will not stop us enjoying our youth,” explained Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper. “What we have got to do as the BBC is make sure that we provide a safe and secure environment for that to happen.”

Mr Cooper confirmed that no artists had pulled out of the line-up, adding that the organisers had received huge support from across the music industry.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2017 line up includes Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, Stormzy and Little Mix amongst many others.

There is expected to be an official tribute to the victims of the Manchester bombing on site at the festival.

References

  1. ^ 22 killed as they left an Ariana Grande concert (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)
  2. ^ ensure the two-day festival at Burton Constable Hall, near Hull, is as safe as possible. (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)
  3. ^ Pub to hold special event to raise funds for the Manchester bomb victims (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)
  4. ^ Grimsby joins in minute’s silence for Manchester attack victims (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)

Mayor Joe says Manchester bomb "a warning to us all" as security stepped up for weekend events

Mayor Joe Anderson1 said the devastating bomb attack in Manchester is a warning to the city of Liverpool as security is stepped up ahead of major events this weekend.

Speaking at last night s council meeting, the Mayor said the city can never do enough to fight off the threat of terrorism but said extra plans are being put in place for the Sound City2 music festival and the Rock n Roll marathon3 which are taking place in the city this weekend.

Security is being stepped up for the events and the Mayor said people can expect to see an increased number of staff and police on duty carrying out extra security checks.

Sound City celebrates its 10th anniversary this year

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He also announced a new cabinet role of community and safer neighbourhoods – handed to Mossley Hill Cllr Emily Spurrell – which will look specifically at keeping people in the city safe from attacks. Mayor Anderson said: Manchester is a warning to us all that the existential threat of terrorism exists.

We can never do enough because these people want to cause mayhem and bloodshed because of some mad desire to change the way we live.

We have to get smarter in the way we do things.

Mayor Joe Anderson

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Speaking about the new cabinet role for Cllr Spurrell, he added: She will work closely with the emergency services and the private sector – for example reviewing CCTV footage from businesses around the city. But in a defiant message he made it clear Liverpool will operate as normal this weekend and in the future – albeit with increased security.

He added: But we will send a clear message with Sound City and the Liverpool Marathon this weekend going ahead as normal.

Nothing will stop us from operating as we do – no atrocity like this will stop us.

References

  1. ^ Mayor Joe Anderson (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ Sound City (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  3. ^ Rock n Roll marathon (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)