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Increased security at this year’s NASS Festival in the wake of recent terror attacks

This year s NASS Festival will take place amid increased security measures in the wake of the terror attacks in London and Manchester. Thousands of people are expected to attend the three day extreme sports and music extravaganza at the Bath and West Showground which begins on Thursday (June 6) with headliners Pendulum expected to take to the stage on Saturday.

23 people were killed in June in a suicide bombing at the Manchester arena1 while eight people were killed in London Bridge2 after a group of attackers drove a van into pedestrians and stabbed dozens of people.

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Worshipers near a mosque in Finsbury Park3 in London were also targeted in a suspected terrorist incident after a vehicle ploughed into them. Jamie Monson, festival director of NASS said: Like all major events and festivals, we are aware of a raised level of threat across the country, though we do not currently have any specific threat related to the festival or surrounding area.

We continue to plan the event closely with the police and security services and the police will have a presence on site throughout the festival to support our dedicated security provider.

We have increased security measures in place for 2017 and continue to work vigilantly with all our partners to deliver a safe and enjoyable event for all attending.

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Due to extra security measures, entrance into the festival may be slightly slower .

To ensure we get all festival goers in as quickly and safely as possible, ticket holders are being advised to please pack light, be patient and co-operate with instructions from the security team.

NASS is the latest in a series of public events including the Glastonbury Festival4 and a concert by Jess Glynne5 to have extra security measures.

References

  1. ^ suicide bombing at the Manchester arena (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  2. ^ London Bridge (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  3. ^ Finsbury Park (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  4. ^ Glastonbury Festival (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  5. ^ Jess Glynne (www.somersetlive.co.uk)

Operations Manager – Dardan Security

Operations Manager - Dardan SecurityThe Operations Manager will be charged with balancing the service delivery of our contractual requirements to our clients and be responsible for the effective management of Dardan employees deployed under the respective portfolios. They will also provide strategic support to the Head of Specialist Services. The company has a number of electronic reporting and management systems, therefore the Operations Manager must be able to interpret any reports, and plan accordingly.

The Operations Manager may be assigned one or more Contract Managers (CM), Contract Support Managers (CSM) or Supervisors. If assigned, you will manage those Staff; their responsibilities typically include the fulfilment of operational, ISO / British Standard and welfare responsibilities. Whilst the role will be significantly field based, you will be working out of a regional office or head office where a hot desk is available when required.

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  • To support the Head of Function in Operational Delivery of the highest quality services, including the provision of specialist advice, supporting existing clients and exploring areas of development.
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  • Achieve all targets and KPIs as directed; these KPIs will consist of financial, people and operational indicators.
  • All Assignment Instructions / Operations Manuals to be reviewed and updated as required in the interest of continuous improvement.
  • Provide line management responsibility for performance, disciplinary, grievance and welfare issues under the guidance of the Human Resources Team.
  • Regular completion of client meetings and outcomes / actions as communicated / required
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Police Scotland steps up security at mosques after terror attack

Armed police are being deployed amid heightened security at Scotland s mosques after a terror attack on worshippers in London. Darren Osborne, 47, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder1 after a van was driven into pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque in the early hours of Monday morning. Police Scotland said it would have an increased presence at the country s 84 mosques to provide reassurance to local communities. One man died in London following the attack on those leaving evening prayers after breaking the Ramadan fast. Witnesses described hearing the man, who was detained by members of the public at the scene, shout: I m going to kill Muslims. Police confirmed searches were being carried out at a residential address in the Welsh capital. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, of the Metropolitan Police, said: Our thoughts are with all those affected by the incident at Seven Sisters Road and their families, friends and communities.

This is being treated as a terrorist incident and is being investigated by the counter terrorism command. The investigation is ongoing and we are working fast to know the full details of how and why this took place. All the victims were from the Muslim community and we will be deploying extra police patrols to reassure the public, especially those observing Ramadan.

Earlier in the day, security minister Ben Wallace confirmed the attacker was not known to the intelligence services. He said: What I can say on this case is this individual, so far as we know at the moment, was not known to us, but we are aware of a rise in the far right. The attacker, who is believed to have acted alone, struck as the area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers at the mosque. Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the incident as every bit as sickening as the recent atrocities in London and Manchester. After meeting faith leaders at Finsbury Park Mosque, she said: The terrible terrorist attack which took place last night was an evil borne out of hatred and it has devastated a community. I am pleased to have been here today to see the strength of that community coming together, all faiths united in one desire to see extremism and hatred of all sorts driven out of our society.

There is no place for this hatred in our country today and we need to work together as one society, one community, to drive it out, this evil which is affecting so many families. Police and community leaders have praised those who restrained the van driver and stopped others from attacking him before police arrived. Imam Mohammed Mahmoud was hailed for his efforts to calm the chaotic situation in the aftermath of the attack and was said to have used his body to shield the suspected terrorist from the fury of onlookers. Witnesses said the suspect was smiling and waving as he brought carnage to Seven Sisters Road, with video posted online showing him give a nonchalant wave as police put him in the back of their vehicle. Other footage showed a scene of chaos as people could be heard shouting and screaming amid the chaos, with bloodstains visible on the pavement. One witness described being surrounded by bodies in the wake of the incident outside the nearby Muslim Welfare House.

Another witness, who wanted to be identified as Abdulrahman, which is not his real name, said: I managed to get the driver of the van. He wanted to run away and was saying I want to kill Muslims. So he came back to the main road and I managed to get him to the ground and me and some other guys managed to hold him until the police arrived. Abdulrahman claimed the driver said Kill me , as he was being held on the ground. He is also alleged to have told the injured: You deserve it. Officers were in the immediate vicinity as the attack unfolded and responded within one minute. Police declared it a terrorist incident within eight minutes. After chairing a meeting of the Government s Cobra emergencies committee earlier, Mrs May said the attack was every bit as insidious and destructive to our values and our way of life as the recent string of terror attacks apparently motivated by Islamist extremism. We will stop at nothing to defeat it, she added.

Eight people were taken to hospital, with one since discharged, while two others were treated at the scene. All of the casualties were Muslims. Police said it was too early to say if the man who died did so directly because of the attack, as he was already receiving first aid from the public at the scene when it happened. Images of the van used in the attack showed it was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire in Pontyclun, near Cardiff. South Wales Police are working with officers from London on the investigation. Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid also visited the scene and said he will seek advice from the local community as to what measures the authorities can take to give Muslims across the country maximum reassurance that they are being protected.

The perpetrator of this attack – and those terrible attacks that we saw recently in Manchester and London – their intention is to seek to divide society . My message to them is that they will always, always fail, he said. Flowers have been laid near the scene, with one card reading: This is an attack on all Londoners – and on my community. In a statement, the Muslim Council of Scotland condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms . It said: This attack was aimed directly at the vibrant Muslim community during the month of Ramadan at a time when many families would have been returning home after night time prayers. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, the injured and anyone affected by this tragedy .

Our heart goes out to the people of London who have been through so much in the last few months and are still waiting for news on many friends and family in the Grenfell Tower tragedy. This attack goes to show how hate and terrorism has no religion or face . The motive of these people is to spread division .

Together, as a united community, we can defeat those who seek to divide us. Assistant Chief Constable Nelson Telfer, of Police Scotland, said: There is no specific threat to Scotland, however, Police Scotland is increasing armed patrols in response to the attack in London. We continue to engage with all communities providing reassurance and appropriate support.

Communities absolutely do defeat terrorism: if you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and call the police on 101 or, in emergency 999, or in confidence on 0800 789 321.

References

  1. ^ has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder (www.scotsman.com)