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Meghan Markle’s mum flanked by security after news of daughter’s engagement to Prince Harry breaks

Meghan Markle1 ‘s mum appears to have a brand new security detail now that her daughter is joining the royal family

Doria Ragland2 was spotted being driven to a thrift centre in Santa Monica by a security guard after news of Meghan’s engagement to Prince Harry broke around the world.

Glamorous Doria, a yoga instructor, was wearing a black long-sleeved dress and a head scarf for her day out, during which she was flanked by a burly security guard dressed in jeans and a checked shirt. Security was seen outside the 61-year-old’s Los Angeles home while US actress Meghan, who quit legal drama Suits after her engagement was announced, gave an interview alongside her new fiance.

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Doria was spotted with a security detail after news of her daughters engagement broke Harry and Meghan announced their engagement on Monday

The man was also seen helping Doria to her car and holding the door open for her.

It comes after Meghan, 36, revealed her plans to become a UK citizen before she and Harry3 exchange their vows next May. But it looks like she’s going to have to brush up on her knowledge quite a lot before then.

When quizzed on ‘Britishisms’ last year by TV Channel Dave, she only managed to get a measly four out of 15 questions about Britain right. The quiz starts with her having to guess which answer is a genuine ale . She nails it as three out of five are correct, but most of the remaining questions leave her well and truly baffled.

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Next, Meghan is asked which four places are real locations in the UK – she chose the only one that isn’t a real place. She also didn’t know the UK word for ‘sidewalk’ and said Vegemite was more popular than Marmite. Following the test, she admits defeat, saying: “I think I lost .

I think I was the worst at this game.”

In a briefing yesterday afternoon, the royal couple confirmed the wedding of the year will take place at St George s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May.

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Meghan’s glamorous mum is a yoga instructor A security guard holds Doria’s car door for her

It was revealed that Meghan intends to become a British citizen – but will also retain her American citizenship. Additional details about exact date, the size of the wedding party, bridesmaids and best men are still firmly under wraps, but the pair revealed the Queen will attend. Meghan will get the chance to get to know Britain better as she joins Prince Harry on their first joint official engagement as a royal couple on Friday.

References

  1. ^ Meghan Markle (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Doria Ragland (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Harry (www.mirror.co.uk)

Belfast City Hall security lags well behind rest of UK and must be upgraded urgently, expert warns

  • Belfast City Hall security lags well behind rest of UK and must be upgraded urgently, expert warns

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    Counter-terrorism measures to protect the public at Belfast’s Christmas Market lag far behind those at similar events across Britain, a security expert has warned. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/belfast-city-hall-security-lags-well-behind-rest-of-uk-and-must-be-upgraded-urgently-expert-warns-36348968.html

    https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article36348964.ece/ee965/AUTOCROP/h342/2017-11-24_new_36500127_I1.JPG

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Counter-terrorism measures to protect the public at Belfast’s Christmas Market lag far behind those at similar events across Britain, a security expert has warned. Andrew McQuillan accused the authorities of failing to do as much as they should to protect the public and called on the council to urgently make improvements.

He was speaking after the Belfast Telegraph yesterday revealed details of a counter-terrorist assessment showing City Hall was extremely vulnerable to a car bomb or lone wolf attack involving knives or other weapons. The National Counter-Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) identified the Christmas Market, which runs until December 23, as a “specific vulnerability”. The report will be discussed by the council’s strategic policy and resources committee today before it is debated at a full council meeting on December 4.

Mr McQuillan said: “I have worked on security at events across the UK, Europe and the US.

“The measures adopted in Northern Ireland just aren’t as good as those elsewhere, which is surprising given the significant paramilitary threat we faced in the recent past.

“Security at the Winter Wonderland event in London is phenomenal and that at the Christmas markets in Birmingham and Manchester is also very high.

“The measures in place at Belfast City Hall’s market lag seriously behind and this must be urgently addressed.

“We should not bury our heads in the sand . There are steps which can be taken immediately to improve the situation.”

The council has installed large planters on the pavement outside City Hall “to provide some protection in case of a vehicle-born attack” . But Mr McQuillan said that while the measure was welcome it wasn’t nearly enough. He suggested that protection could be enhanced if interlocking red-and-white security barriers were placed around City Hall . He added: “These have been placed at bridges in London before permanent barriers go up.

“They are filled with water and sand and are very cheap to erect.

“NaCTSO is a highly respected organisation . They have highlighted weaknesses and Belfast City Council really should move swiftly to implement their recommendations.”

Mr McQuillan, who owns Crowded Space Drones and whose father Alan was a former PSNI Assistant Chief Constable, said there was a dangerous complacency in Northern Ireland about the dangers of an attack at a public venue. He added: “Just because we had republican and loyalist violence in the past doesn’t exempt us from international terrorism . Some claim on social media that reporting the threat here is scaremongering.

“These people have no awareness whatsoever of public safety at events . A report from the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office is not scaremongering . It has to be taken seriously.”

Mr McQuillan also claimed it was wrongly argued that increased security would mean Northern Ireland was returning to the past.

He said: “What these people ignore is that armed police at Christmas markets in England is very normal and England usually has an unarmed police force.

“We are dealing with a new emerging threat . Not updating and changing your plans is just not smart . It is waving a red flag at a bull.

“People can choose to inhabit a bubble but it doesn’t reflect the world we live in . No risks should be taken with major events.”

Mr McQuillan said the council could apply to have the national barrier asset system deployed – temporary high-grade security fencing which protects high-profile locations or events. He added: “I feel sorry for the council as the market’s location at City Hall isn’t the easiest to protect . We really need to talk about the issue .

Ignoring it doesn’t make our vulnerability go away.

“Making security at your event look visibly as hard as possible is a great deterrent for terrorists who are hunting vulnerable targets”.

Belfast Telegraph

References

  1. ^ Email (www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk)

Burnley install anti-terrorism security barriers designed to thwart …

Burnley have become the first football club in the country to install security barriers to protect fans from potential terrorist attacks. The temporary barriers, which were first used outside Turf Moor for Saturday’s Premier League game with Swansea, prevent drivers from ramming vehicles into supporters making their way to the ground. There have been numerous incidents where vehicles have been used for fatal attacks during the past few years, including in London, Nice and Barcelona.

According to the Burnley Express1 , the British-designed barriers, installed by events management company StadiumTM on behalf of the football club, allow pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users to pass through and can be dropped in under 30 seconds to enable access for the emergency services.

The barriers prevent drivers from ramming vehicles into supporters making their way to Turf Moor

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David McAtamney, managing director of StadiumTM, said: Keeping crowds and public spaces safe during an event is paramount, and following shocking vehicle attacks across the globe including here in the UK we wanted to be at the forefront of bringing effective barrier systems to public events.

HVM barriers are the most recent addition to the services we offer and we were pleased to work with Burnley Football Club to install these at their home game against Swansea City.

The safety of fans is the club s highest priority and they were keen to become the first football team to use this innovative security method . The barriers are a temporary security measure which not only acts as a deterrent, but can also arrest and stop vehicles . We were able to quickly install and remove the barriers, and crowds entering and exiting Turf Moor were able to pass through them easily.

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  1. ^ Burnley Express (www.burnleyexpress.net)