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.
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. 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.
- ^ 22 killed as they left an Ariana Grande concert (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)
- ^ ensure the two-day festival at Burton Constable Hall, near Hull, is as safe as possible. (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)
- ^ Pub to hold special event to raise funds for the Manchester bomb victims (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)
- ^ Grimsby joins in minute’s silence for Manchester attack victims (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)
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 (Photo: Colin Lane)
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 (Photo: Peter Byrne/PA)
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.
A pair of quick-thinking security guards at a Solihull shopping centre helped to evacuate terrified residents after a fire tore through the roof of a nearby tower block . The fearless guards at Chelmsley Wood1 Shopping Centre were on patrol when they spotted the flames and smoke coming from the top of the building in nearby Moorend Avenue. As shoppers watched the drama in horror, the brave duo sprinted across to the block, which is managed by Solihull 2Community Housing (SCH) and alerted the concierge to the danger.
Smoke from the fire in Chelmsley Wood
The plucky twosome, who would not be named, swiftly took to the stairs and banged on the doors of the flats in the 10 storey building. Residents told the Birmingham Mail they had been unaware of the blaze which could be seen for miles away after the fire took hold at around 1.45pm. Twenty-five firefighters3 tackled the incident and gave oxygen therapy to one man who was injured.
Residents from the top two floors were evacuated.
The fire at the block of flats in Moorend Avenue Chelmsley Wood (Photo: Handout)
One of the security guards said: There didn t seem to be a fire alarm in the block.
We tried to find one so that we could actually hit a panic button.
My colleague went to the top floor and I started on the fifth so we worked it between us.
We were there for about five to 10 minutes but it seemed longer.
We didn t think about it, we just went in to help . Then the fire brigade took over. Liberty Chester, who has a four year old daughter Lacie, said she didn t feel safe.
I m just glad Lacie wasn t there, she said.
If she had been she would not have gone back into the flat. The 24-year-old added: It was the security guards from the shopping centre who saw the smoke and ran over to tell us.
They tried to find the fire alarm but couldn t.
Then they began banging on all the doors to tell us.
We were waiting outside for maybe half an hour to 45 minutes.
We weren t told anything . Nobody knew what was going on.
One man was treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation.
Residents were allowed to return to their homes after the blaze was extinguished at about 3pm.
Chloe Moore, 18 and her mum Michelle Thomas at the scene of the fire in Chelmsley Wood
Michelle Thomas lives on the third floor and her daughter Chloe Moore lives on the top floor of the building. Michelle said: When I got there I saw a roofer who was working there . He tried to put it out himself and his arm was covered in bandages.
Chelsea Lee has lived in the block for 3 years . The 23-year-old said: Everyone looks out for each other here. Peter Stoate, a spokesman for SCH, said: We are pleased to report that the fire on the roof of Cheshunt House was quickly extinguished by the fire services .
One contractor working on the roof was treated at the scene but no tenants were injured.
Some tenants had to leave their homes for a couple of hours while safety procedures were followed but all were able to return soon afterwards.