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Wireless Festival security at ‘highest level’ in wake of terror attacks in London

Organisers of this weekend s Wireless Festival1 have ramped up security following police advice after three London2 terror attacks

A huge swathe of the Finsbury Park3 in north London has been fenced off so music-lovers paying 60 a ticket can enjoy headline acts including Chance the Rapper, Skepta and The Weeknd. Tens of thousands of people are expected from this afternoon for the hugely popular urban music festival. And in light of three London terror attacks in recent months, in Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park, extra security measures are in place.

They include metal detectors and sniffer dogs at all entry gates, while large bags have been banned. Tens of thousands of people attend Wireless Festival each day

Sergeant Andy Underwood, of the Counter Terrorism Focus Desk at Haringey Police, told the Standard: Officers in Haringey Borough have been in contact with the event organisers for the Wireless festival in Finsbury Park, and are aware of security measures they have put in place.

With the backdrop of the current threat level from terrorism, event organisers will have been given the latest protective security advice to keep their event as safe as can be.

In addition to the security provided by the event organisers there is an appropriate and proportionate policing plan in place to manage the increase in visitors to the local area as a result. Small bags are allowed into the festival with the dimensions W21cm x H30cm x D8cm.

The Weeknd is among this year’s headliners (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Organisers Festival Republic said following May’s Manchester terror attack: We have consulted with personnel at the very highest level and all the relevant police and security groups as we carry on with the preparation for this festival season.

The festival perimeter, arena, backstage and offsite areas are all robustly controlled and managed by security experts . Festivals are what we do.

The hundreds of staff working on these events know them inside out and have been working on them for many years . Your safety is our utmost concern.

Please review our Personal Safety section on the festival websites and if you have any major concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Campaigners have previously called for the music festival to be axed after it was beset by rampaging gatecrashers in 2015.4

Police advise all those attending the festival to ensure they are familiar with the event organiser s security measures by visiting or following @WirelessFest

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London Pride: Armed police to patrol parade amid heightened security after terror attacks

Revellers at this year’s Pride parade1 will be guarded by armed police amid heightened security following recent terror attacks in the capital. Firearms officers will patrol the parade through central London on Saturday, with Scotland Yard having already warned those attending to expect an increased police presence.2

Concrete roadblocks have also been set up to guard against a London Bridge-style attack, with 24,500 partygoers set to descend on Soho for the parade. This year, 150 police officers and staff from the Met will take part in the parade, alongside officers from British Transport Police, paramedics and the London Fire Brigade.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to march through central London during the parade (PA Archive/PA Images)

Chief Superintendent Helen Millichap said: “We know that recent events in London and Manchester will cause people to worry.

As with any large event the Met’s priority is public safety and we are working closely with the organisers in the lead up to Pride to develop our policing plan.

“We want Pride to be a friendly and safe event for everyone to enjoy and, to help us, we need the public to take the usual precautions by remaining vigilant and reporting anything of concern to police officers or stewards at the event.”

Plain clothes officers are also set to patrol the event, with the Met having worked with organisers over the past few months to prepare security measures. At a meeting last week, the Met said the event would be policed within the context of recent terror attacks in Manchester and London. Met Commisioner Cressida Dick said the celebrations would look and feel a bit different this year .

Officers were forced to review security arrangements at last year s festival in the wake of the terror attack at an Orlando gay club, which left 49 people dead. On June 3, eight people were killed when terrorist mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a stabbing rampage in Borough Market. The parade, which runs from 1pm until 4.30pm, starts in Portland Place before marching through Soho and ending at Whitehall.

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7000 Wimbledon fans line up for grounds tickets amid heightened security on opening day as Andy Murray prepares to …

Thousands of tennis fans who waited for up to 48 hours for Wimbledon tickets were braced for further queues today amid a heightened security operation. Almost 7,000 people were in the queue this morning hoping to get their hands on grounds tickets for the tournament. Some arrived as early as the small hours of Saturday morning to get a prime place in the queue for the tournament, which will see Andy Murray defending the title he won last year.

People were packing up their belongings this morning at the makeshift camp site as the gates opened at the All England Club for the start of Wimbledon 20171. Security: Barriers in place outside Wimbledon Tennis Club to protect pedestrians (NIGEL HOWARD)

First in line was Des Robson, from Northumberland, who arrived at 1.30am on Saturday. The computer technician said: I drew up a bucket list after having two heart attacks two years ago and getting on Centre Court at Wimbledon is top of the list.

Keen: First in line was Des Robson, from Northumberland (Alex Lentati)

This year s tournament is going ahead with a heightened security operation in the wake of recent terror attacks in the UK. Anti-vehicle security barriers can be seen at the gates of the grounds and both uniformed and plainclothes officers are set to be deployed throughout the two-week event. Queue: Ticket hunters camp out close to the Wimbledon Tennis Club hoping get tickets (NIGEL HOWARD)

Primary school teacher Lorraine Percy, 28, left Poole in Dorset at 3.30am to join the line with two friends from her tennis club.

She said: The security has been increased very obviously . It took hours to get through the checks this morning but I think it s needed after what happened in London Bridge.

Wimbledon: The Met have put into place a ‘robust’ security plan (NIGEL HOWARD)

The cement barriers are really important and everyone has been very organised.

I wanted to see Federer but he s on tomorrow and you can only have one day off work . He s a total magician. Queue: Enthusiastic tennis fans camped overnight

To be here now and soak up the atmosphere . It s amazing round here like a mini Glastonbury.

And Amy Tregidgo, 31, was celebrating her tenth time camping out for early tickets but the first with her new boyfriend Michael Guy. Queue: Tents pitched up on Sunday night by those hoping to get tickets into the grounds (Getty Images)

She said: Every time the first day throws up these incredible moments whether it s a wildcard making a name for themselves or a top seed crashing out.

The players you don t know play out of their skins because it s Wimbledon . I just can t see why I won t come to camp out every time until I die.

Tournament: Thousands were waiting first thing this morning to gain entry to the grounds (PA)

Everyone is doubting Murray a bit after the injury but I think he s perfectly capable of getting to the final.

I use to rock up at 11am and get a centre court ticket no problem but its getting busier and busier . I m sure people will start camping on a Saturday soon. The Met revealed it had been working with the All England Lawn Tennis Club throughout the year to draw up a robust security plan for the world-famous tournament.

Superintendent Jo Edwards explains Wimbledon security measures

Superintendent Jo Edwards, the Met officer in charge of security, told the Standard a significant number of officers from a range of different specialisms , including firearms officers, were being deployed.

Hundreds of thousands of people descend on this corner of south-west London each year and have a great time at the championships that is exactly what we want this year, she added.

What we have to do is take into account the methodology that s been used at recent attacks by attackers and we have got to make sure we have measures in place to mitigate against the differing types of attack.

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