Windsor Castle anti-terror security ramped up for Changing of Guard to prevent copycat attacks after London rampage
The force said the changes were proportionate and necessary but that there was no specific threat to Windsor . Assistant Chief Constable Dave Hardcastle said: While there is no intelligence to indicate a specific threat to Windsor, recent events in Westminster clearly highlight the need for extra security measures to be introduced.
The barriers are in response to last weeks’ attack (Photo: Rex Features) Large yellow steel structures have been placed outside Buckingham Palace (Photo: SWNS) Specialist security barriers are put up around Windsor Castle as security is stepped up after the terror attack at Westminster (Photo: Rex Features)
The force believes that it is proportionate and necessary to put in place extra security measures to further protect and support the public and the guard change.
The national threat level remains severe, which it has been since 2014, and I would urge the public to be alert to the threat of terror attacks but not alarmed, and to remain vigilant. The colourful military spectacle takes place at Windsor Castle on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in March.
An armed police officer guards an entrance to Windsor Castle, (Photo: Peter Nicholls/Reuters) An armed police officer guards an entrance to the castle (Photo: Peter Nicholls/Reuters) Security barriers placed near Windsor Castle in anticipation of March’s series of Changing Guards ceremonies (Photo: Peter Nicholls/Reuters) The security barriers are being put up after Khalid Masood killed four (Photo: Peter Nicholls/Reuters)
He then then fatally stabbed a police officer before being shot dead.
Large yellow steel structured have been placed at Buckingham Palace gates (Photo: SWNS) The gates are part of a bid to stop lone wolf attackers (Photo: SWNS) Security is being ramped up around royal site (Photo: SWNS)
As he smashed into dozens of passers-by, police have worked out the exact speed at each stage of his 82 second terror mission5 . And it was also revealed that his Hyundai rental car had been seen in the area around Westminster shortly before the horrendous attack. It remains unclear if he was carrying out a dry run or just surveying the roads before his rampage.
Police have insisted there was no evidence of any links between Masood, 52, and either ISIS or al-Qaeda.
The Met said it was also speculation to suggest Masood had been radicalised while in prison. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: His methods appear to be based on low sophistication, low tech, low cost techniques copied from other attacks, and echo the rhetoric of IS leaders in terms of methodology and attacking police and civilians, but I have no evidence or information at this time that he discussed this with others.
Khalid Masood was shot dead by cops (Photo: PA) Tributes are laid on the bridge (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
Mr Basu also said there was also no evidence Masood was radicalised in prison in 2003. He said Masood had not been a subject of interest or part of the current domestic or international threat picture for either the security service or counter-terrorism policing.
He added: I know when, where and how Masood committed his atrocities, but now I need to know why . Most importantly so do the victims and families.
Mr Basu said Masood s communications on March 22 were a main line of inquiry and appealed for people who were in contact with him to come forward. He said: There has been much speculation about who Masood was in contact with immediately prior to the attack.
All I will say on this point is that Masood s communications that day are a main line of inquiry.
If you heard from him on March 22, please come forward now, the information you have may prove important to establishing his state of mind.
Kurt Cochran was killed on a trip to London from the US (Photo: FACEBOOK)
He added: I know when, where and how Masood committed his atrocities, but now I need to know why . Most importantly, so do the victims and families. Masood s victims were PC Keith Palmer, 48, Kurt Cochran, 54, Aysha Frade, who was in her 40s and worked at a London sixth-form college and retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, from south London
Over 734,000 has been raised for the widow and children of murdered PC Palmer in four days.
The crowdfunding page on JustGiving raised 734,953 from 34,513 people after it was set up by Stephen Redgewell of the Metropolitan Police Federation.
It reached 293 per cent of its target of 250,000 before the appeal was closed at just before noon today. Mr Redgewell said: Thank you everyone for your kind words and donations.
PC Keith Palmer was killed tackling Masood
The appeal has raised far more than anyone could have ever imagined.
We have decided that it is time to close the Just Giving appeal for Keith, but any donations can still be made via the HSBC account or by post. Among the last to make donations were Hala El-sayed who gave 20 and said: Keith, you are unsung soldier .
Your place will be in heaven.
You have showed such bravery in trying to do your duties unarmed it is an act of decency that donation goes fully to your wife & daughter.
Who was London terrorist?
- ^ Windsor Castle (www.mirror.co.uk)
- ^ Westminster terror attack (www.mirror.co.uk)
- ^ Thames Valley Police (www.mirror.co.uk)
- ^ Khalid Masood (www.mirror.co.uk)
- ^ 82 second terror mission (www.mirror.co.uk)
- ^ Prime Minister among hundreds of moving floral tributes as Parliament reopens its gates (www.mirror.co.uk)
- ^ Mother of Westminster terror attacker Khalid Masood says she ‘shed many tears’ for his victims in emotional statement (www.mirror.co.uk)
- ^ Family of US tourist killed in London terror attack thanks supporters as his injured wife’s condition “steadily improves” (www.mirror.co.uk)
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In September 30, 2016, after an elaborate police operation, two van Gogh paintings were recovered from the home of a Neapolitan Mafia boss . They had been stolen nearly 14 years earlier from the world-famous Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on December 7, 2002 . The thieves weren’t too subtle about their approach: they smashed a window, probably with a sledgehammer wrapped in cloth . The expensive alarm system didn’t go off . The guards heard the commotion, but the thieves were too quick for them . They knew exactly which two paintings they wanted, so they walked straight up to them, ripped them off the walls and exited through the broken window. This case is just one of many, and not exclusively in the world of art crime, where expensive security is foiled through the simplest of methods . Most of the time, thieves can render useless a multi-million-pound defence system simply by acting quickly. To boards of directors and insurance companies, expensive, state-of-the-art security2 sounds like it should be the most effective and safest option .
But such an approach raises two problems . First, there always seem to be smart people who enjoy a challenge . When I worked at a major art museum, the computer technician was driven mad by some non-malevolent hacker3 who kept breaking into the system . The hacker wouldn’t do much – turn off a light here, send an email there4 – just enough to show that the system had been breached, and would require a complete overhaul of security protocols. Second, most high-tech security5 – whether for computer systems, banks, homes or museums – is alarm-based . When a perimeter is breached, an alarm – silent or sounding – is meant to notify authorities . This sounds fine in principle, but for the fact that technical devices sometimes don’t work properly, and someone must respond in a timely and effective fashion for the alarm to have served any purpose. In 2008, two museum incidents highlighted the dangers mentioned above . First, at the blockbuster British Museum exhibit of the Chinese terracotta warriors, an activist slipped surgical masks, scrawled with political slogans, over the faces of some of the figures .
Each statue had been expensively protected by a software that drew an invisible barrier around each warrior – if this barrier were breached, an alarm would sound . At least, that was the idea . Not only did the alarm not go off, but tourists had to look for a guard to tell them what was happening . Second, that same year, a bunch of drunken vandals smashed open the employee entrance to the Mus e d’Orsay in Paris . The alarms went off, but the intruders were able to rush in, punch a hole through a Monet and sprint out before guards could reach them. Human response is of critical importance to high-tech security, both in terms of the natural human prankster impulse and the practical response of guards or police to an alarm sounding. To counteract this over-reliance on technology, some ingenious security specialists have come up with low-tech, analogue defensive measures to compliment the laser barriers and heat-sensor cameras . Dennis Ahern, director of security UK at Christie’s auction house and previously head of security for the Tate museums, taught a course on museum security at the ARCA postgraduate programme in art crime and cultural heritage protection . He likes to combine low- and high-tech devices in the same gallery .
The analogue methods, some as mundane as affixing a sculpture to its plinth with high-tensile steel fishing line, offer an element of surprise . Hostile surveillance – casing a joint, as criminals are wont to do when considering a location for a crime – might spot CCTV cameras and motion detectors, but the last thing a thief expects is a bit of fishing line.
Bolting statues to plinths, or frames to walls, is done less than you might think (there is some concern about speed of removal of objects in the event of a fire), but lashing a valuable that you don’t want going anywhere to an immobile surface is a tried-and-true safety mechanism, at least delaying potential thieves, if not stopping them altogether . Average police response time to a 999 call in cities is ten to 15 minutes, so delaying a thief is crucial . Add a surprise element to your alarm system, and that fishing line might buy police an extra minute or two to stop the bad guys . They also offer a failsafe if technology fails. Hanging side-by-side in London’s National Gallery are Portrait of a Man (Self Portrait?) and Margaret, the Artist’s Wife, a pair of pendant portraits by Jan van Eyck . There they rest, doubtless secured by various alarms and tracking devices (museums don’t like to go public with the details of their security measures) . For centuries, these works were displayed together at the painter’s guild hall in Bruges . But back in the 18th century, Portrait of a Man was stolen .
To make sure its neighbour didn’t go anywhere, a heavy iron chain was affixed to it . Now that the two portraits are reunited in the National Gallery, perhaps it would be fitting (and safer) to have them both chained to the wall ? In addition to all that high-tech security, of course.