Manchester United in fresh security alert as YouTube kids break into Old Trafford before Michael Carrick testimonial
The group of teenagers evaded stadium security and scaled Old Trafford, entering the world famous stadium via the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand. The 16-18-year-olds risked their lives walking around the perimeter of the Old Trafford roof and dangling their feet over the edge, before running over the pitch. The group, devotees of Parkour, the urban free-running discipline, even sat in the dug-out, which was later occupied by Carrick, former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and a host of star names for the 70,000 sell-out testimonial.
The youths, who posted a video of their exploits on YouTube, were eventually chased away from Old Trafford by security in the early hours of June 4, just hours before Carrick’s star-studded testimonial, which drew a net capacity crowd.
The youths run over the Old Trafford pitch (Photo: Rikke Brewer/Youtube) The latest breach of security will concern the Red Devils (Photo: Rikke Brewer/Youtube)
The episode is the latest security embarrassment for United, after two foregoing students, who had been on a stadium tour, managed to sleep overnight at Old Trafford in a bid to watch a game against Arsenal the following day, but were foiled when they were discovered by security staff. And on the final day of the 2015-16 season, United’s game against Bournemouth was abandoned following a bomb scare, although it later emerged the device found in a toilet cubicle at Old Trafford was a dummy device left behind following a security training exercise.
United confirmed the latest episode in a statement today which read: “In the early hours of last Sunday morning, stadium security chased 4 urban climbers off the premises at Old Trafford after they had gained access to the stadium illegally, by scaling the outer works area of the stadium and gaining access to the roof . Such efforts appear to be motivated by a trend for similar actions on social media and followed a successful attempt to climb to the roof of a city centre hotel earlier that day.
“Their stupid and irresponsible actions, especially at such a sensitive time, put last Sunday’s game at risk and occupied both club staff and, more importantly, police officers in hours of work to make sure that the stadium was safe to stage the match.
The video has gone viral on YouTube (Photo: Rikke Brewer/Youtube) The youths risked their lives at the stadium (Photo: Rikke Brewer/Youtube) Entry was secured by scaling a pipe (Photo: Rikke Brewer/Youtube)
“The response of the police was outstanding . With over 130,000 people coming into the Old Trafford area on Sunday, the last thing they needed was to have their time wasted in this way . But as ever, they conducted a thorough search of the stadium to confirm it was safe to hold the match.
The security of fans attending games at Old Trafford is our highest priority and we work constantly with all local authorities and security contractors and advisors to keep all security measures, systems and protocols under constant review .
The fact that the necessary checks were carried out in time for the game to go ahead is testament to those close relationships.”
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Voters go to the polls today amid heightened security in what the National Police Chiefs Council says are “unprecedented times”. Election planners and police reviewed security plans after both the Manchester terror attack two weeks ago, in which 22 people were murdered by a suicide bomber and the London Bridge atrocity last weekend in which eight people were killed. National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for protective security Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi said: “Security around polling stations is constantly being reviewed and updated by local police forces. :: The victims of the London terror attack1
Image: Supt Gavin Williams is in charge of policing the election in Wiltshire
“Plans are in place to make sure that resources are appropriately allocated.”
In Wiltshire, where there are five parliamentary constituencies, the officer in charge of policing the election, Superintendent Gavin Williams, said while there is no intelligence of a threat to the county or the wider region, there will be armed police on patrol throughout polling day and at the counts . He urged voters to remain vigilant, but to go about their business as normal. :: The victims of the Manchester terror attack2
Image: Election security in Wiltshire is constantly under review
The returning officer responsible for overseeing the ballot in the county, Carlton Brand, said he was “not worried” but was liaising regularly with police and that the election day plans were constantly under review. He also stressed that people should get out and vote.
Deputy assistant commissioner D’Orsi from the NPCC said: “The general threat level remains at severe, so we continue to ask the public to be alert and to report any concerns to police.
“We appreciate that these are unprecedented times and together with our partners we continue to keep communities safe.”
The Champions Trophy is set to continue under heightened security in the wake of the London terror attack on Saturday night. Seven people were killed and dozens more injured by three terrorists just two miles from The Oval, one of the three venues hosting the global cricket tournament. The International Cricket Council said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by what has happened in London overnight.
“The ICC and ECB England and Wales Cricket Board continue to place safety and security at the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup this summer as the highest priority.”
The ICC added swift measures were immediately taken to ensure the safety of competing teams around the country. Sunday’s Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan at Edgbaston went ahead amid increased security and was preceded by a minute’s silence. The statement continued: “Following last night’s incident all team hotels went into lockdown and teams, match officials and staff were all quickly accounted for.
“The enhanced security around venues implemented following the Manchester attack remains in place, and this includes significantly enhanced police and security presence for today’s match.
“The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations, and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe.”
England’s next fixture is against New Zealand in Cardiff on Tuesday while Australia meet Bangladesh at The Oval on Monday – with the two teams set to train at the venue on Sunday. A Cricket Australia spokesman said: “As with the rest of the world, the Australian team is shocked and saddened at the events that have occurred in London overnight and our thoughts are with those directly involved and their loved ones.
“The team, support staff and travelling contingent have been accounted for . Our security team is working closely with the ICC and LOC to ensure the safety and security of our players and support staff is paramount.
“At this stage we are comfortable with the level of security being provided to us and will continue to monitor the situation.”
The ECB tweeted: “Our thoughts go to all of those affected by last night’s shocking events in London along with our admiration for those supporting them.”
South Wales Police said events in Cardiff Bay following Saturday night’s Champions League final would go ahead as planned.
“Our thoughts are with the people affected by the events in London last night,” assistant chief constable Richard Lewis said in a statement.
“The UCL festival continues and we would like to reassure people that plans in place for today remain significant and people will continue to see a large police presence throughout Cardiff.”
Captain Sam Warburton says the thoughts of the British and Irish Lions, who played the first match of their New Zealand tour on Saturday, are with those affected.
“The guys have woken up to some news of some unfortunate events that happened in London,” he said.
“I just wanted to wish those involved all the best wishes from the Lions players and management.
“Our thoughts are always with the people back home in Britain and Ireland . Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the families and people involved in that incident.”
England’s football team, who are preparing for games in Scotland and France, expressed their condolences on social media.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victims and their families and friends following the attacks in London on Saturday evening,” England tweeted. Arsenal and Tottenham were among the London clubs to post their sympathies.
“Our thoughts are with all those affected by last night’s attack #LondonBridge,” Arsenal said.
Spurs posted: “The thoughts of everyone at the club are with all those affected by the tragic events in London last night.”
In Saint Etienne Team Sky lined up at the front of the peloton for a minute’s silence on the start line of the Criterium du Dauphine, where Chris Froome is this week bidding for a record fourth overall victory as he tests his form for the Tour de France. Speaking to the event website about the attacks, Froome said: “Of course it’s pretty scary . It’s close to home for a lot people .
It’s something happening far too regularly these days .
From our point of view, as a team, our sympathy goes to everyone affected by this attack.”